Man jailed after train hit car on level crossing near Burton upon Trent
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Man jailed after train hit his empty car near Burton upon Trent

CCTV footage released by police has captured the moment a train hit a car at a level crossing near Burton-upon-Trent.

British Transport Police said Jonathan Mather had driven his car on to the railway line at Clay Mills Crossing in July 2015, driving down the track and then abandoning it.

A CrossCountry passenger service carrying more than 40 people struck the empty car but was not derailed.

Three people on board the train were treated for back pain and police said the incident resulted in over £650,000 in costs to the rail industry in delays, compensation and damage to the tracks and train.

Mather, 36, of Pearl Close, Derby, pleaded guilty to endangering safety by obstructing the railway and breaching a suspended sentence - he was jailed for a total of five years and eight months at Stafford Crown Court.