South West Wales

Whitland train crash: Arrested lorry driver bailed

Workmen try to clear lorry from the line near Whitland
Image caption Workmen trying to clear lorry from the line near Whitland earlier on Tuesday

A lorry driver arrested after a crash with a train at a Carmarthenshire crossing has been released on bail.

The man, aged 48, was held after the vehicle was struck by the passenger service near Whitland on Monday.

Seven people on the 09:10 Milford Haven to Manchester service received minor injuries in the collision.

Network Rail says it plans to have the line open to run full services by Wednesday.

Buses continue to replace trains west of Carmarthen as engineers clear the track with the help of a crane.

Network Rail said: "The lorry and train have both been safely removed from the line and work is now focused on clearing residual debris."

Engineers are continuing to inspect and repair the track and signalling.

The Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) train hit the stationary hay lorry at the Llanboidy level crossing on a minor road near a spot called Crossing Cottage at about 09:50 GMT on Monday.

The lorry driver from Llanboidy was subsequently arrested on suspicion of endangering safety and questioned by British Transport Police (BTP).

Network Rail said engineers were working to restore services to normal as soon as possible, although substitute bus services were expected to run throughout Tuesday.

Passengers have been advised to check with National Rail Enquiries or ATW before starting their journey.

There were just under 60 passengers on board the train at the time.

Five needed hospital treatment.

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