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Parents pay tribute to 4-year-old who died after level crossing crash

The 4-year-old girl who died after the car she was travelling in was hit by a train at Beech Hill crossing has been named as Emma Lifsey. The driver of the vehicle, a 67-year-old woman, received serious neck injuries in the accident and is currently in hospital in Doncaster in a stable condition.

British Transport Police are investigating the circumstances of the accident and are calling on any witnesses to get in touch.

Emma meant the world to us. She was our much-loved daughter and a baby sister to her 11-year-old brother Jack.

We are still trying to come to terms with the terrible incident on Tuesday afternoon and there are no words that can properly express how utterly distraught we are.

We would like to thank everyone for the many messages of sympathy and support we have received. As you can appreciate, this tragic incident has left us shocked and devastated and we would ask that we can be left to grieve in private at this acutely difficult and sad time for us.”

– Mark and Zoe Lifsey, Emma's parents

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Transport police statement on rail crash at Finningley

British Transport Police have released a statement about today's rail crash near Doncaster.

“BTP officers were called to the rail line at Beech Hill crossing, Springs Road, Misson Springs, Nottinghamshire, following a report of a train striking a car.

“The incident was reported to BTP at 12.35pm. Emergency services are on scene and handling the incident.

“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.

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

“The train, a Lincoln to Doncaster service, was damaged but has remained upright and on the tracks. Passengers were removed from the train and there are no reports of injuries.

“Officers are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, including how the vehicle came to be on the tracks. This will include establishing whether there were any witnesses to the incident, while specialist officers will also examine the scene and the car in question.

“The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and Office of Rail Regulation have been notified.”

– A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman

Level crossing crash: Ambulance statement

East Midlands Ambulance Service received the emergency 999 call at 12:33 today. The caller reported that a train had been involved in a collision with a car. We dispatched highly skilled clinicians to the scene at Springs Road near Finningley, in a fast response vehicle, double crewed ambulance, our HART (hazardous area response team), the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and a clinical operations manager to manage the scene.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) also attended. The air ambulance took a seriously injured child to Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the adult was taken by ambulance to Doncaster Royal Infirmary

– East Midlands Amublance Service

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Accident scene Credit: Calendar news

It has now been confirmed that there were two people in the car - a woman and a child - and not three as previously reported by the British Transport Police.

A spokesperson said: “The car contained two occupants, a woman and a child. The child sustained serious injuries and has been airlifted to hospital in Sheffield. The driver, a woman, received minor injuries and has been taken to hospital in Doncaster.

Level crossing accident: statement from rail company

An East Midlands Trains spokesperson 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 have now been been taken forward to Doncaster by alternative road transport. We would like to pass on our thanks to one of the local residents for his help and assistance with passengers from the train. We will work with Network Rail and the British Transport Police to ensure those involved in this incident are given every assistance.

Safety is our absolutely priority and we will do everything in our power to assist the investigation into identifying the cause of the incident. Whilst the emergency services are dealing with this incident, the line between Lincoln and Doncaster is expected to remain closed throughout the remainder of the day. A replacement bus service will be in place to cover services on this route. For further information, visit National Rail Enquiries.

– East Midlands trains spokesperson

Woman and child hit by train

A woman and and a child have been seriously hurt after their car was hit by a train at a railway crossing in Finningley, South Yorkshire. The child has been airlifted to hospital. It is not thought any passengers on the train, a Lincoln to Doncaster service, were injured.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said officers were called to the rail line at Beech Hill crossing, Spring Road, at Finningley following a report of a train striking a car.

The train is damaged but has remained upright and on the tracks. Passengers have been removed from it.

Officers are working to establish more specifics about the incident about the incident and will provide updates as soon as any further information is available.”

– British Transport Police
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