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Cambridgeshire rail crossing crash man to have surgery

Littleport crossing crash
Image caption The motorhome on the level crossing after the crash in which two people were injured

A man in his 70s who was driving a motorhome that was in collision with a train on a level crossing in Cambridgeshire is to have surgery on his injured foot.

His wife was also injured in the crash on Tuesday evening. She broke her nose and several fingers and will need surgery to her hand.

The crash shut the rail line and A10 road at Littleport for 12 hours.

Fewer than 40 people were on the train. None were believed to have been hurt.

Daryl Brown, head of medical charity Magpas, said: "They are both very shaken but are incredibly thankful that their injuries are not more severe.

"We are happy to confirm that although both patients have sustained serious injuries, they are not life threatening and they are in a stable condition at Addenbrooke's Hospital awaiting surgery."

Magpas had a medical helicopter standing by as paramedics worked to free the couple from their motorhome. Both were taken by road ambulance to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge later.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is to investigate the collision between the vehicle and the train, which was travelling from Cambridge to Downham Market in Norfolk.

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