Two people have had a lucky escape after a freight train crashed into a tractor on a level crossing in Cambridgeshire and derailed.
The drivers of both the tractor and the train received minor injuries after the collision which took place at a level crossing near Middle Road in March this morning.
A British Transport Police spokesman said: "The drivers of the train and tractor were checked over by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries. Thankfully no-one has sustained any serious injuries."
Tonight Network Rail said extensive repair works to the scene would have to be carried out over the next few days with 'significant damage to the track, signalling equipment and the level crossing.'
They said before the line could be reopened work will be undertaken which includes
Removing the derailed freight wagons
Replacing damaged track
Repairing signalling equipment
Repairing the level crossing
The work is expected to take at least three days and Network Rail said they are aiming to reopen the line early next week.
Network Rail's head of safety for Anglia, Richard Tew, said:
“This was a very serious incident and we are working with RAIB to fully understand the circumstances and why this happened. We are thankful that that neither train or tractor driver are seriously hurt and we are thinking of them both as they recover from the incident.
“Our main aim now is to safely reopen the line and get passenger and freight services moving again as quickly as possible. We have a programme of works planned over the next few days and we ask that passengers bear with us while we carry out these repairs. We are sorry for the disruption this has caused.
“Passengers travelling between Ely and Peterborough are advised to check with their train operator or National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.”
British Transport Police said:
‘British Transport Police were called to a level crossing near March, Cambridgeshire, at 9.11am today (19 August) following reports that a freight train had struck a tractor.
The driver of the train and tractor were checked over by paramedics at the scene for minor injuries. Thankfully no one has sustained any serious injuries.
All lines are blocked between March and Whittlesea as services attend. Officers are making enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding the incident.’
Network Rail is now working with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) to understand the circumstance of the incident.