Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Misson Springs level crossing crash injures two

Overhead shot of crash scene
Image caption The crash happened on the Beech Hill level crossing at Misson Springs

A four-year-old girl has been seriously injured after a train struck a car on a level crossing.

The train collided with the vehicle at the Beech Hill crossing on Springs Road at Misson Springs, on the border of Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.

British Transport Police said the girl was airlifted to hospital while the 67-year-old female driver was being treated for neck injuries and bruising.

No-one on board the Lincoln to Doncaster train was injured.

Earlier, police said they believed three people had been in the car when the collision occurred, shortly before 12:35 GMT.

British Transport Police said: "The car contained two occupants, a woman and a child. The child, a four-year-old girl, sustained serious injuries and has been airlifted to hospital in Sheffield, where she is in intensive care.

Image caption The Doncaster-bound train did not leave the tracks

"The driver, a 67-year-old woman, received neck injuries and bruising and has been taken to hospital in Doncaster.

"The train was damaged but has remained upright and on the tracks. Passengers were removed from the train and there are no reports of injuries."

Buses replaced trains between Doncaster and Lincoln Central as a result of the crash, with journey times extended by up to 45 minutes.

A spokesman for East Midlands Train said: "Our first priority and thoughts are for those involved in the incident.

"Our staff ensured that passengers were safely escorted from the train and these passengers will be taken forward to Doncaster by alternative road transport."

The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has confirmed it is working with police to investigate the cause of the crash.

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