Man seriously injured after train strikes vehicle on level crossing

A man has suffered serious injuries after a train crashed into a vehicle on a level crossing in Cambridgeshire.

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Network Rail probe over level crossing after train strikes vehicle

Network Rail is investigating whether it had been asked for permission to open a gate at a level crossing before a vehicle was hit by a train.

A man, aged in his 40s, suffered a severe head injury in the collision on the line between Cambridge and Ely on Friday afternoon.

He was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

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

Spokesman Ross Easton said there are "clear instructions" telling people to phone a signaller, based in Cambridge, to ask for permission to cross.

When they are given the all-clear users manually open the gates and are asked to call the signaller again when they have crossed.

Mr Easton confirmed the rail operator is looking into whether a call was received before the incident involving the 1354 Great Northern Kings Lynn - London King's Cross service.

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