Train hits car at level crossing in Suffolk

Fordley Road railway crossing near Saxmundham, Suffolk
Image caption The crash occurred on the Fordley Road railway crossing in rural Suffolk

A train has hit a car at a level crossing, causing the car driver serious injuries.

The crash happened on the road between Middleton and Kelsale in Suffolk - on the line between Saxmundham and Darsham - at just before 10:00 BST.

The male driver, in his 20s, was taken to Ipswich Hospital. Police said no-one else was in the car at the time.

Services were temporarily suspended between Ipswich and Lowestoft. Greater Anglia said no passengers were hurt.

Fire, ambulance and air ambulance crews all attended the crash at Fordley Road.

Warning lights

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "The train, which was travelling at about 45mph at the time of the collision, remained upright and on the tracks.

"An investigation is under way to establish the full circumstances which led to the collision. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.

"The crossing at Saxmundham has no barriers, but has warning lights to inform train drivers and vehicle drivers when it is safe to proceed.

"Part of the ongoing investigation will be to establish whether all warning lights and functions at the crossing were fully operational."

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