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Tributes to teenager and grandfather after 'tragic' level crossing crash

The fatal collision happened on Saturday Photo:

Tributes have been pouring in for a teenager and his grandfather who were killed in a crash on a level crossing near Horsham in Sussex.

The pair have been named locally as 15 year old Will Hallett and 72 year old Barry Hearnshaw.

The rail line between Horsham and Pulborough has reopened Credit: ITV Meridian

They died after their car was hit by a train at Barns Green on Saturday morning.

Will's former headteacher has described him "as a wonderful person and student".

A remembrance service was held for them on Sunday.

Carol Shepherd, Lay minister, St Nicolas Church, Itchingfield

The rail line between Horsham and Pulborough in West Sussex has reopened after the fatal crash on Saturday.

The crossing will remain closed for approximately two to three weeks for repairs, therefore vehicles will be diverted.

Flowers have been placed near the scene

It is with great regret that Sussex Wing has been informed of the death of William Hallett and his grandfather Barry Hearnshaw. Whilst he was Cadet at 1015 (Horsham) Sqn, Will was enthusiastic, smart, loyal and totally involved with the Sqn and local community. Although he was only at the unit for a short time, he was a keen sportsman, loved football and represented Sussex Wing and London and South East Region in athletics. It is a tragic loss of a fine young man who had so much to look forward to and will be terribly missed by all. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time."

– Neil Banks, Sqn Ldr GCGI RAFAC, For OC Sussex Wing

The British Transport Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

As he appealed for anyone with information about what happened to come forward, Detective Inspector Brett Walker also said: “This is an extremely tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."

Emergency services were called to the scene Credit: ITV Meridian

Southern Railway said that staff from Network Rail and the Emergency Services spent the weekend trying to clear the line at Barns Green after the tragedy which happened just before 9am on Saturday 17th February.

They had hoped services would return to normal on Sunday, but issued a statement saying that it was not possible.

Emergency services spent the weekend clearing the line Credit: ITV Meridian

...Unfortunately, due to the complexity of the incident and the necessary clean-up of the site, Southern were unable to run trains down this route on Sunday. Network Rail have had specialist teams on site to restore the crossing into working order for trains to pass."

– Southern Railway