'Fault' at death crash crossing

There has been a long-standing technical fault at the level crossing in Oxfordshire where a man was killed today, a source in the railyway industry has told Channel 4 News

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Network Rail: Fault at fatal level crossing had been fixed

Network Rail said the level crossing in Oxfordshire, at which a man died today, was in full working order after a problem with the barrier was fixed at the site last year.

A spokeswoman said the barrier's slow rise and fall was corrected when a treadle, which operates the crossing when triggered by an approaching train, was replaced.

Speaking following reports of a long-standing fault at the crossing, she said:

The level crossing was in full working order before (today's collision between a car and a train). The lights were working and the barriers. That is part of the investigation so we will be looking at that. There is nothing to suggest it was not working beforehand.

Report: Technical fault 'known' at fatal level crossing spot

Emergency services attend to the scene of the crash in Yarnton, Oxfordshire. Credit: ITV Meridian

There has been a long-standing technical fault at the level crossing in Oxfordshire where a man was killed today, a source in the railyway industry has told Channel 4 News's Michael Crick.

The source said there has been a fault at the crossing in Yarnton for four years, which Network Rail's maintenance team has been unable to fix.

Mr Crick added, though, that Network Rail has said the crossing was in "full working order".

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Train crash death - first pictures

Police have confirmed reports that a train has hit a car on a level crossing in Yarnton, Oxfordshire. Credit: ITV

A man has been killed after a train hit a car on a level crossing in Yarnton, Oxfordshire.

Emergency services are currently on the scene with other rail services delayed.

The incident has occurred at a spot where a new "camera van" has recently been deployed to catch drivers speeding across the crossing.

Police have confirmed reports that a train has hit a car on a level crossing in Yarnton, Oxfordshire. Credit: ITV
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One man dead in train crash

Transport police have confirmed reports that a train has hit a car on a level crossing in Yarnton, Oxfordshire. Emergency services are currently on the scene with other rail services delayed.

One man is now believed to have died in the incident.

It happened at a spot where a high-tec "camera van" has recently been deployed to catch drivers speeding across the crossing.

The van allows British Transport Police officers to keep a close eye on crossings where drivers and pedestrians are known to gamble on beating the barriers.

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