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'My wife was begging me to breathe' - Rail worker hit by car trying to jump barriers at level crossing

Doug Caddell was hit by a car at a level crossing

A railway worker has been talking of the terrifying moment he was seriously injured as he closed a gate at a level crossing. Doug Caddell was hurt when a car - trying to jump the barriers - struck the gate, throwing him to the ground.

Network Rail have now started a campaign warning drivers and cyclists of the dangers at level crossings. Tom Savvides reports.


E-cigarettes ban on Southern Trains from end of July

Southern Trains is to ban its passengers from using electronic cigarettes on its trains or at its stations from the 26th July.

The rail operator said the measure brings Southern and Gatwick Express services into line with the rules on Thameslink and Great Northern services. Southern and Gatwick Express will join the other two firms in the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise at the end of July 2015.

Car transporter on fire off coast of Isle of Wight

The vessel's movements have been tracked - it is off the coast of Sandown on the isle of Wight Credit:

Specialists are being winched onto a car transporter ship diverted to Hampshire after it caught fire last night, 40 miles off Harwich in Essex.

The crew on board the Courage reported the fire to the UK Coastguard at Dover Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre just before 10pm on Tuesday.

The coastguard had put the RAF Wattisham helicopter on standby, but it was not needed.

The crew used an inbuilt CO2 system to flood a large area which they believed had put the fire out and continued their journey. However because of the CO2 the corridors and areas around the deck cannot be accessed.

The car transporter is currently off the isle of Wight Credit: Darren Toogood

The vessel was diverted to Southampton. It is now off Sandown on the isle of Wight where it is being monitored by the the National Maritime Operations Centre. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are working together to make the situation safe.

A number of specialists from Hampshire Fire and Rescue assessment team will look at where the CO2 was used to make sure it’s safe for the pilot to get through to take the vessel alongside in Southampton.

Counter-pollution staff from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are monitoring the situation but say it is all contained.

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service have said that the fire is now contained and under control. Five maritime response officers from the service have been winched aboard the vessel to assess the situation.

Police crackdown on 'fatal five' bad driving habits

A special team will tackle bad driving behaviours

Officers from Dorset Police are carrying out an initiative to tackle bad and inconsiderate driving in the county.

The 'No Excuse' scheme targets what the force calls the 'fatal five' behaviours of:

  • drink and drug driving
  • excessive and inappropriate speed
  • not wearing a seatbelt
  • driver distractions such as hand-held mobile phone
  • and careless driving.

Officers in the 'No Excuse' team will use a combination of education and enforcement to tackle the five problems.


MPs discuss Manston Airport's future in committee

Campaigners hoping to see Manston Airport in Kent reopened have been in Westminster today, as MPs listened to evidence for restoring the runway for aircraft. The Airport closed in May 2014, amid fears that the site would be used for housing or commercial development. But many locals - including the MP - have never given up the fight to make the airport a commercial success. Our Political Correspondent Phil Hornby sent this roundup.

Landslide causes disruption for Thames Valley rail users

Disruption to rail travel between Banbury & Leamington Spa continues Credit: Bing

Rail passengers across the Thames Valley have faced misery today after a landslide blocked part of the line from Oxfordshire to the Midlands.

The landslide happened on Saturday afternoon near Harbury Tunnel in Warwickshire. The incident closed the line between Banbury and Leamington Spa.

It means services on the Chiltern Line - are seriously affected. Network Rail says it's still too dangerous to access the site as three hundred thousand tonnes of earth and rock is still moving. Callum Watkinson reports.

The interviewees are: Liam Sumpter from Network Rail; and Thomas Ableman from Chiltern Railways.

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