Man who died at level crossing named

A man who died at a level crossing in Norfolk has been named as 64-year-old Rodney Wheeler.

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Residents fear fatal crossing accident won't be the last

People living near the level crossing in Norfolk where a car and train collided yesterday say it's only a matter of time before it happens again.

The driver of the Kia car, named locally as Rod Wheeler, was killed as his vehicle crossed the tracks between Littleport and Downham Market on the line from King's Lynn to Kings Cross. Russell Hookey reports



Services are still suspended on Greater Anglia trains between Cambridge and King's Lynn after a passenger train hit a car on a level crossing near Downham Market. Trains are running between London and Cambridge, from where there are replacement buses.

More details emerge over level crossing death

A car driver has been killed in Norfolk in a level crossing accident involving a passenger train.

The driver's vehicle was hit by a London-bound First Capital Connect (FCC) train at the Pleasants level crossing, near Downham Market, in west Norfolk.

None of the estimated 60 passengers on the train, which had left King's Lynn, was hurt and the train was not derailed.

Network Rail (NR) said the crossing between Downham Market and Littleport, was a "user-worked" type, with the user being responsible for opening and closing the gate.

"Those using the crossing get red and green signals to guide them. The crossing goes across a private road in farmland and serves a few houses.

"It has a number or registered users and other members of the public are not allowed to use it."

– National Rail spokesman

The train was slightly damaged in the incident, coming to a halt just down the track. Arrangements were being made to take passengers on to their destinations by bus.

The A10 was closed both ways following the accident, with FCC train services between King's Lynn and Ely severely affected.


Man dies after car struck by train

A man has died after his car was struck by a train on a level crossing, near Downham Market, Norfolk.

Transport police, ambulance and fire crews were called to Pleasant Level crossing at 1.15pm. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Police are currently working to establish the full circumstances including how the car came to be on the tracks.”

The train involved was the 12.56pm King's Lynn to King's Cross service.

The A10 has been closed in both directions following the incident and First Capital Connect rail services between Ely and King's Lynn have been severely disrupted.

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