Berkshire

Ufton Nervet level crossing crash victim dies

Ufton Nervet level crossing Image copyright Michael Robinson
Image caption Ufton Nervet level crossing was the scene of a crash in 2004 in which seven people died

A man has been struck by a train and killed at a Berkshire level crossing.

The First Great Western route between Reading and Newbury was shut after the incident at Ufton Nervet level crossing near Theale at 18:50 BST.

The man was killed on the same stretch of track where a train derailed in 2004 when it hit a car parked at the crossing, leaving seven dead.

The BBC's Question Time panel, who were travelling to Newbury, were among those caught in the ensuing delays.

But the guests, including Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, MP Angela Eagle and MP Menzies Campbell, arrived in time for the programme.

Network Rail said the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

Since the crash 10 years ago, there have been three further deaths and two near-misses on the same crossing.

Survivors of the crash have called for the crossing to be replaced by a bridge.

Network Rail said in 2012 a bridge was its "preferred solution" to reduce the risk at the site.

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