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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Motorist killed on a level crossing is named

A motorist who died when his car was hit by a train on a level crossing has been named as Dennis William France. The 65 year old was driving a red Peugeot 306 which apparently drove through a closing barrier near Athelney between Taunton and Castle Cary, Somerset, last Thursday.

The vehicle was struck by the 05.46 service from Exeter to London Paddington and was shunted half-a-mile down the track. Yesterday an inquest into his death was opened and adjourned in Taunton by Michael Rose, the coroner for West Somerset.

The court was told that Mr France, of Curload near Stoke St Gregory, Somerset, died of "traumatic injuries". A full inquest will be held later.

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