A woman has been detained under the Mental Health Act after a car was hit by a train on a level crossing in Oxfordshire. The British Transport Police released the following statement a short time ago:
– British Transport Police
BTP officers were called to the line close to Sandy Lane, Yarnton, on Tuesday, 12 November after a report that a vehicle had been struck by a train at the crossing.
On arrival, emergency services discovered one woman inside the car, a black Volkswagen Golf. The woman, in her 40s and from Banbury, was cut out from the car by the Fire and Rescue Service and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital on Tuesday night, although her injuries are not believed to be serious. She has since been detained under the Mental Health Act and remains in hospital for an assessment."
The train involved in the incident, the 2.45pm Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly Cross Country service, remained upright and on the tracks and there were no reported injuries to the 100 passengers onboard.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch and Office of Rail Regulation have been informed.
British Transport Police officers are currently working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident and would urge anyone with information to contact them on 0800 40 50 40** **quoting incident number 407 of 12/11/2013.