South West Wales

Train crashed into Kidwelly farmer's parked trailer

Farmer John Watkyn-James
Image caption Farmer John Watkyn-James pleaded guilty to endangering safety on a railway

A train crashed into a trailer left blocking a railway line while a farmer in Carmarthenshire went to feed his horses, Swansea Crown Court has heard.

John Watkyn-James of Limestone Hill Farm, parked his tractor next to the track at Kidwelly on 31 January with the trailer he was towing on the line.

The 51-year-old admitted endangering safety on a railway.

Judge Paul Thomas QC was told no-one was injured. He adjourned sentencing until next month.

A train travelling from Manchester to Milford Haven crashed into the trailer at about 13:30 GMT.

Watkyn-James had driven his tractor over the crossing without permission from a signalman.

Adjourning sentencing for pre-sentence reports, the judge said it was an "unusual matter".

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites