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Car struck by train near Kidlington

Oxford Mail: Emergency services work around the wreckage of the car Emergency services work around the wreckage of the car

A MAN has died in the crash between a car and a freight train near Kidlington, British Transport Police have just said.

The crash happened at 3.39pm today at the Sandy Lane level crossing.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: "It is believed two people were in the vehicle at the time. Sadly one of them, a man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The train involved was a Trafford Park to Southampton freight service, and the driver is reported to be shaken but uninjured. The driver pulled the emergency brake but was unable to stop in time.

"Officers are working to establish the full circumstances including how the car came to be on the tracks at the time.

"The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed."

An ambulance service spokesman said one other person had been taken to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital with minor injuries. Two other people were checked over by the paramedics but they were not passengers in the car, a Renault Kangoo, she added.

Bus services are replacing trains between Oxford and Banbury.

Sandy Lane is closed both ways between the intersection with Yarnton Lane and Yarnton Road, as well as its junction with Woodstock Road. 

The green and yellow Freightliner locomotive hauling the train came to a stop about 200m from the level crossing where the crash took place, followed by its container-carrying wagons which stretch back to the accident.

There are fields on both sides and emergency services personnel and vehicles are still at the scene with their lights flashing.

The train appears completely undamaged and the level crossing to the south has its lights and sirens continually flashing and is closed to cars.

The Renault was struck by the freight train on its passenger side and dragged around 20 yards to the south towards Oxford.

A staff member at Yarnton Nurseries said: "I have just heard a lot of sirens. They have been going for the past few minutes."

Kaye Brown, who works at Yarnton Leisure Buildings, added: "We have heard a lot of sirens. It has been non-stop."

Thames Valley Police have sent officers to assist British Transport Police.

Buses are replacing trains between Oxford and Banbury and the line is expected to remain closed for the rest of the day while investigations continue.

In terms of commuters making alternative arrangements, First Great Western passengers may use Chiltern Railways services between London Marylebone and Banbury, CrossCountry services on reasonable routes and London Underground services on reasonable routes.

CrossCountry passengers may use Chiltern Railways services between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill, London Midland services Coventry / Worcester and Birmingham New Street, First Great Western services on reasonable routes, South West Trains services between London Waterloo and Bournemouth, Virgin Trains services between Birmingham New Street and London Euston and London Underground services on reasonable routes.

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5:31pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Scrumdidlyumpcious says...

Personally I think printing pictures of someone's misfortune is not in the best taste. SOMEONE DIED fgs!!!
Personally I think printing pictures of someone's misfortune is not in the best taste. SOMEONE DIED fgs!!! Scrumdidlyumpcious
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5:53pm Wed 2 Jan 13

carfax cabby ox1 says...

Yes it is a tragic accident, but all over the world newspapers print pictures far more graphic than this one. But if the train came to a stop 200 metres from the crossing, and no trains are running, why is the road still closed?
Yes it is a tragic accident, but all over the world newspapers print pictures far more graphic than this one. But if the train came to a stop 200 metres from the crossing, and no trains are running, why is the road still closed? carfax cabby ox1
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6:04pm Wed 2 Jan 13

jonny1976 says...

carfax cabby ox1 wrote:
Yes it is a tragic accident, but all over the world newspapers print pictures far more graphic than this one. But if the train came to a stop 200 metres from the crossing, and no trains are running, why is the road still closed?
the road is still closed because the train is still across the road, in picture 1 you can see a house, that house is next to the crossing.

Thoughts are with this poor mans family at this sad start to a new year
[quote][p][bold]carfax cabby ox1[/bold] wrote: Yes it is a tragic accident, but all over the world newspapers print pictures far more graphic than this one. But if the train came to a stop 200 metres from the crossing, and no trains are running, why is the road still closed?[/p][/quote]the road is still closed because the train is still across the road, in picture 1 you can see a house, that house is next to the crossing. Thoughts are with this poor mans family at this sad start to a new year jonny1976
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6:57pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Feelingsmatter says...

Horrible. What ever the reason for this crash, it's a sad day.
Horrible. What ever the reason for this crash, it's a sad day. Feelingsmatter
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7:25pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Dreadful.

Clearly it will be some time before a full assesment of the cause will be published, but it comes less than 4 weeks after Network Rail announced (in the Oxford Mail) that this crossing would be one of those being specially monitored for safety by a "van cam".

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Dreadful. Clearly it will be some time before a full assesment of the cause will be published, but it comes less than 4 weeks after Network Rail announced (in the Oxford Mail) that this crossing would be one of those being specially monitored for safety by a "van cam". http://www.oxfordmai l.co.uk/news/1009649 6.print/ Andrew:Oxford
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11:15pm Wed 2 Jan 13

dant40 says...

This is a very sad story if it was a fault

I was planing to take my 4year old to see the planes around that time at kidlington with his grandad who visted for new year.

I always take him over that crossing.
We could of been there at that crash but changed mind to weather.
This is a very sad story if it was a fault I was planing to take my 4year old to see the planes around that time at kidlington with his grandad who visted for new year. I always take him over that crossing. We could of been there at that crash but changed mind to weather. dant40
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8:32am Thu 3 Jan 13

King Joke says...

dant40 wrote:
This is a very sad story if it was a fault I was planing to take my 4year old to see the planes around that time at kidlington with his grandad who visted for new year. I always take him over that crossing. We could of been there at that crash but changed mind to weather.
Dant, had you used the crossing correcty you would have been in no danger whatsoever. THe crossing is perfecty safe,
[quote][p][bold]dant40[/bold] wrote: This is a very sad story if it was a fault I was planing to take my 4year old to see the planes around that time at kidlington with his grandad who visted for new year. I always take him over that crossing. We could of been there at that crash but changed mind to weather.[/p][/quote]Dant, had you used the crossing correcty you would have been in no danger whatsoever. THe crossing is perfecty safe, King Joke
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8:34am Thu 3 Jan 13

King Joke says...

carfax cabby ox1 wrote:
Yes it is a tragic accident, but all over the world newspapers print pictures far more graphic than this one. But if the train came to a stop 200 metres from the crossing, and no trains are running, why is the road still closed?
Why on Earth does it matter Cabby? This is a country lane, whereas the railway line at this point is a nationally strategic route for both freight and passengers. It is far more important to get the railway running again.
[quote][p][bold]carfax cabby ox1[/bold] wrote: Yes it is a tragic accident, but all over the world newspapers print pictures far more graphic than this one. But if the train came to a stop 200 metres from the crossing, and no trains are running, why is the road still closed?[/p][/quote]Why on Earth does it matter Cabby? This is a country lane, whereas the railway line at this point is a nationally strategic route for both freight and passengers. It is far more important to get the railway running again. King Joke
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1:45pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Arthur Fonzarelli says...

King Joke wrote:
dant40 wrote: This is a very sad story if it was a fault I was planing to take my 4year old to see the planes around that time at kidlington with his grandad who visted for new year. I always take him over that crossing. We could of been there at that crash but changed mind to weather.
Dant, had you used the crossing correcty you would have been in no danger whatsoever. THe crossing is perfecty safe,
Totally agree, automatic crossings are perfectly safe providing the users follow the road signs and/or signals. I have little sympathy for the people who cause such devastating accidents. My sympathy lies with the train driver, the emergency services called to the scene and any other innocent bystander who was involved or witnessed the crash.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dant40[/bold] wrote: This is a very sad story if it was a fault I was planing to take my 4year old to see the planes around that time at kidlington with his grandad who visted for new year. I always take him over that crossing. We could of been there at that crash but changed mind to weather.[/p][/quote]Dant, had you used the crossing correcty you would have been in no danger whatsoever. THe crossing is perfecty safe,[/p][/quote]Totally agree, automatic crossings are perfectly safe providing the users follow the road signs and/or signals. I have little sympathy for the people who cause such devastating accidents. My sympathy lies with the train driver, the emergency services called to the scene and any other innocent bystander who was involved or witnessed the crash. Arthur Fonzarelli
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5:53pm Thu 3 Jan 13

carfax cabby ox1 says...

King Joke wrote:
carfax cabby ox1 wrote:
Yes it is a tragic accident, but all over the world newspapers print pictures far more graphic than this one. But if the train came to a stop 200 metres from the crossing, and no trains are running, why is the road still closed?
Why on Earth does it matter Cabby? This is a country lane, whereas the railway line at this point is a nationally strategic route for both freight and passengers. It is far more important to get the railway running again.
Read my post mate, it said nothing about not getting trains running again, in fact it proposed re-opening as soon as possible. No need to attack me at every point mate, chill out.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carfax cabby ox1[/bold] wrote: Yes it is a tragic accident, but all over the world newspapers print pictures far more graphic than this one. But if the train came to a stop 200 metres from the crossing, and no trains are running, why is the road still closed?[/p][/quote]Why on Earth does it matter Cabby? This is a country lane, whereas the railway line at this point is a nationally strategic route for both freight and passengers. It is far more important to get the railway running again.[/p][/quote]Read my post mate, it said nothing about not getting trains running again, in fact it proposed re-opening as soon as possible. No need to attack me at every point mate, chill out. carfax cabby ox1
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10:10pm Thu 3 Jan 13

davyboy says...

Arthur Fonzarelli wrote:
King Joke wrote:
dant40 wrote: This is a very sad story if it was a fault I was planing to take my 4year old to see the planes around that time at kidlington with his grandad who visted for new year. I always take him over that crossing. We could of been there at that crash but changed mind to weather.
Dant, had you used the crossing correcty you would have been in no danger whatsoever. THe crossing is perfecty safe,
Totally agree, automatic crossings are perfectly safe providing the users follow the road signs and/or signals. I have little sympathy for the people who cause such devastating accidents. My sympathy lies with the train driver, the emergency services called to the scene and any other innocent bystander who was involved or witnessed the crash.
couldn't agree more. sad though it is, the crossings themselves are safe enough. if the red light flashes, and continues to do so, there is a train coming, however long it may be. if you think there is a fault, you do NOT go round the barriers, but use the phone provided to contact the signalman. for the passenger side of the car to be hit, it must have heading towards kidlington, as the train was heading south. that would then mean that the car had already crossed the 'up' line meaning that the driver could well have seen the train coming. the main question is 'why did he go round the barrier?', which hopefully he will be able to answer as he recovers.
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Fonzarelli[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dant40[/bold] wrote: This is a very sad story if it was a fault I was planing to take my 4year old to see the planes around that time at kidlington with his grandad who visted for new year. I always take him over that crossing. We could of been there at that crash but changed mind to weather.[/p][/quote]Dant, had you used the crossing correcty you would have been in no danger whatsoever. THe crossing is perfecty safe,[/p][/quote]Totally agree, automatic crossings are perfectly safe providing the users follow the road signs and/or signals. I have little sympathy for the people who cause such devastating accidents. My sympathy lies with the train driver, the emergency services called to the scene and any other innocent bystander who was involved or witnessed the crash.[/p][/quote]couldn't agree more. sad though it is, the crossings themselves are safe enough. if the red light flashes, and continues to do so, there is a train coming, however long it may be. if you think there is a fault, you do NOT go round the barriers, but use the phone provided to contact the signalman. for the passenger side of the car to be hit, it must have heading towards kidlington, as the train was heading south. that would then mean that the car had already crossed the 'up' line meaning that the driver could well have seen the train coming. the main question is 'why did he go round the barrier?', which hopefully he will be able to answer as he recovers. davyboy
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