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Fatal level crossing crash

A man has been killed after a car became trapped under a mainline train on a level crossing near Taunton. There is major disruption on trains between London Paddington and Plymouth

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"Quick response by emergency crews stopped crash being even worse"

The Senior Fire Commander at the scene of the level crossing crash in Somerset says dealing with it was a challenge in dangerous circumstances.

The train struck the vehicle and then carried it along the tracks eventually stopping over a mile from the crossing. Firefighters had to run to the scene carrying firefighting and rescue equipment to deal with the person trapped in the car, deal with the very real risk of a fire occurring as well as dealing with nearly 40 people on the train in terrible weather conditions.

– Paul Cregan, Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

The Incident Commander says that the quick response of all the crews involved was crucial.

Our Fire & Rescue crews from Taunton, Bridgwater, Street, Middlemoor, Wiveliscombe, Wellington and Burnham worked exceptionally hard under difficult conditions to deal with the incident. Without their quick response and that of our emergency service partners, the incident could have been much worse.

My thanks go to our Police colleagues in Avon & Somerset Constabulary, British Transport Police and South Western Ambulance Service as well as the local community for their work, support and patience during this incident.

– Mark Andrews, Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

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