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Man jailed after being hit by train travelling at 70mph at level crossing

Vaclinov drove a Land Rover Discovery onto Nairns Level Crossing, in Stretham Credit: BTP

A farm worker who drove his Land Rover onto a level crossing near Ely and was hit by a train travelling at 70 miles per hour has been jailed for ten months.

34-year-old Dimitar Vaclinov drove onto Nairns Level Crossing in Stretham last August, without contacting the railway signal box to get permission.

Vaclinov had worked on the farm where the level crossing was for years Credit: BTP

He was thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries including a broken collar bone and fractured skull.

He was taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge where he remained under treatment for two weeks.

The train driver suffered from shock and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the collision.

Vaclinov admitted to endangering the safety of persons on the railway.

British Transport Police said "It was extremely lucky that no one else was injured."

This case highlights the need to comply with safety instructions whilst crossing the railway. Not only did Mr Vaklinov suffer serious life-threatening injuries in the collision but he also ended up in court facing a serious allegation.

It was extremely lucky that no one else was injured, however the incident was extremely traumatic for the train driver and passengers.

– Investigating officer, Det Sgt Alan Bardlsey
Vaclinov’s car was thrown off the tracks and landed in a ditch Credit: BTP