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Car dragged 80ft after being hit by train at level crossing

An empty car has been hit by a train at a level crossing in Scotland.

The car is thought to have been dragged around 80ft after being hit by the train Credit: STV

The car is thought to have been dragged around 80ft when it was hit by a Virgin Voyager service at Cleghorn level crossing, between Carstairs and Motherwell, shortly after 6.45pm.

Around 60 people were on the service, which had been travelling from Preston to Glasgow.

Trains in the area were subject to delays and cancellations as some services were re-routed while British Transpory Police began investigating.

Officers said there were no casualties as the people inside the car had managed to escape before being hit.

Virgin Trains said it was arranging a coach service to take passengers trapped on the train onwards to their destinations.


Fifa open disciplinary case against England and Scotland

Both sides wore poppy bands on their sleeves. Credit: PA

Fifa has announced it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association and Scottish Football Association for the wearing of poppies during last week's World Cup qualifier.

Players from both sides wore black armbands bearing poppies as England ran out 3-0 winners at Wembley.

Fifa's rules currently prohibit "political" statements on shirts.

"We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened on this matter," a Fifa spokesman said.

The FA has already said it will contest any fine and believes its ''legal position is right and our moral position is right''.

Gordon Strachan given backing by SFA

Strachan will stay as manager of Scotland. Credit: PA

Gordon Strachan has been given unanimous backing by the Scottish Football Association board.

Strachan will continue as Scotland manager after board members accepted his assertion that he could turn their World Cup campaign around.

In a statement, SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: "We support Gordon unanimously in improving our qualification prospects."

Souness backs Strachan to remain as Scotland boss

Graeme Souness is backing Gordon Strachan to stay as Scotland manager Credit: PA

Graeme Souness has backed Gordon Strachan to continue in his role as Scotland coach despite their miserable start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Strachan is expected to have talks about his future next week after Friday's 3-0 defeat to England left the Scots in fifth place in Group F with little chance of reaching the finals.

But Souness insisted Strachan is doing the best he can with a poor group of players - and questioned whether anybody else is better-equipped to do the job.

The former Liverpool and Rangers boss played in three World Cups for his country and admits it is painful to see them consistently fail to mount a challenge to return to the major finals.

But despite a significant backlash in Scotland, Souness said the performance at Wembley - in which Scotland threatened to equalise when trailing 1-0 - needed to be put into perspective.

So far this year the results have not been great, but you've got to believe that results will get better. Will they qualify out of this group? No they won't, but right now Scotland are in a cycle where they don't have a great deal to pick from.

The question of whether he (Strachan) should stay or go is not important. Is there someone out there who could make us better? I don't believe there is. I think he is getting the most from a very modest group.

They were not humiliated, they were beaten by a better team with better players than them, and that's generally what happens.

Making mistakes and not being able to score goals at the other end is a dangerous combination, but right now that is what Scotland have, and what Gordon has to work with.

– Radio Five Live
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