Two killed at level crossing

Two people have been killed after a train struck a car at a crossing in Great Coates in Grimsby, British Transport Police have said.

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Crash crossing barriers were "working correctly"

A British Transport Police spokesman said a crash between a train and a car which killed two men on a level crossing in Grimsby last night, happened at the automatic half barrier crossing at Great Coates, and that all passengers were safely taken off the train.

We are keeping an open mind, but indications so far are that the crossing was working correctly and this was a tragic accident.

– British Transport Police spokesman
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Crash witness: "We saw debris fly past the window"

A woman living near a level crossing in Grimsby, where two men were killed when a train hit a car last night, has described the moments after the crash. Lyndsey Downes, who lives near the scene of the accident, dialled the emergency services after she and her husband heard "an extremely loud bang".

We saw some sort of debris flying past the window and the train screeching to a halt. We opened the door to go outside to see what it was and one of my neighbours shouted to ring 999, which I did.

– Lyndsey Downes, witness


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Crash scene residents "in shock"

Nicola Maasdam, chairwoman of Great Coates Village Council, told reporters that residents would be in "shock" after a train crash on a level crossing last night that claimed the lives of two men. The car the pair were in was hit by a train travelling at 60 miles per hour.

It's absolutely tragic and our thoughts go out to the families of those people who have lost their lives," she said. There will be shock. It's such a small village and we haven't had an incident on the railway for years and years, and for something as serious as this, it is really upsetting.

– Nicola Maasdam, Great Coates Village Council

Police: No reports of injuries to train passengers

Police have issued a statement following the deaths of two people who were killed after a train struck a car at a crossing in Great Coates in Grimsby.

The ambulance service is also on scene and two people believed to be the driver and passenger of the motor vehicle have been declared dead - one at the scene and one on route to hospital.

There are no reports of any injuries to anyone on the train, the 19.26 TransPennine Cleethorpes to Scunthorpe service, travelling at about 60mph at the time of the collision. All passengers have been taken off.

The rail accident investigation branch has been informed.

This is an automated half-barrier crossing.

– British Transport Police spokesperson


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