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Car driver in hospital after level crossing train crash

A Land Rover was struck by a train. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A driver is in hospital with a serious head injury after his car was hit by a train at a rural level crossing.

The man, aged in his 40s, was airlifted to hospital after the collision on the line between Cambridge and Ely on Friday afternoon.

The train was travelling at around 90mph when it crashed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The level crossing between Ely and Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire is used by fewer than 10 vehicles each day and is "user-worked", Network Rail said.

Spokesman Ross Easton said: "This type of crossing requires people wishing to cross the railway to contact the signaller using a dedicated phone to obtain permission before crossing."

"We can confirm that the signaller did not receive a telephone call prior to this incident and the telephone system was working correctly."

The injured man was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge after his car collided with the 1354 Great Northern King's Lynn to London King's Cross service.

His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The train line has been closed while an investigation takes place. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The level crossing is on private farmland, down a small track off the A1123 used by agricultural traffic.

The incident commander said of the casualty: "He was alert and talking to the crews when they (the air ambulance) took off, but he did have a nasty head injury."

Police and railway workers at the scene of the crash. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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