Freight train hits car at level crossing

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A freight train hit a car on a level crossing in Lancashire.

The incident, involving an empty train travelling back from Sellafield, happened just after 7pm on Tuesday at the New Road level crossing in Silverdale.

Both vehicles travelled about 300m down the track before stopping, but there were no injuries.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said officers attended the incident alongside police and fire fighters.

He said: “The driver of the vehicle, a 46-year-old man from near Kendal, was not in the car at the time of the collision, and there were no other reported injuries.

“The train remained upright and on the tracks during the incident and the car, a silver Fiesta, was removed from the tracks at 12.50am.

“Officers will now be working to establish how the car came to be on the tracks.”