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Exeter man, 23, dies after train hits car on level crossing

Officers remain at the scene. Credit: ITV West Country

One person has died after a car was hit by a train on a level crossing near Exeter.

Officers were called to the railway track near Stoke Canon shortly after 6am on Thursday morning.

The train was travelling from Exeter St Davids to Bristol Temple Meads station.

One person, a 23-year-old man from Exeter who was believed to be the driver of the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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British Transport Police officers said the man's next of kin have been informed.

The incident took place near Stoke Canon early this morning (Thursday 28 March). Credit: ITV West Country

All rail lines were blocked between Exeter St Davids and Taunton for most of the day, with replacement buses put in place.

The lines reopened around 8pm, but passengers were advised to expect some residual delays as services resumed.

'Incidents are being treated as linked' - British Transport Police

In a statement, British Transport Police said the fatal collision is currently being linked to three other incidents that happened near the railway line on Thursday (March 28) morning.

Shortly after 6am this morning (28/03) officers were called to the railway close to Stoke Canon after reports a vehicle was struck by a train at a level crossing.

Officers from British Transport Police attended alongside paramedics from the South Western Ambulance Service, however a person was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Initial enquiries have identified the person as a 23-year-old man from Exeter, his family have been informed.

The man’s death is not currently being treated as suspicious, however officers continue to make enquiries to establish the full circumstances leading to the vehicle and man being struck by a train.

Following this incident, three further incidents were brought to the attention of officers within the proximity of Stoke Canon.

This includes a train striking objects at Newton St Cyres and at Crannaford, as well as a line side fire at Eggesford.

All four incidents are being treated as linked, although at this time officers are not tracing anyone else in connection.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch have been notified. Furthermore, the Independent Office for Police Conduct have been informed.

– British Transport Police