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Collision between car and train in Suffolk under investigation

An investigation is underway into how a car crashed through a wire fence onto the main line near Old Newton, Suffolk, last November and was struck by a train.

It is the second time in two years that a car has gone through the boundary fence and ended up alongside the same stretch of line. After this incident the local highway authority, Suffolk County Council, and Network Rail assessed the risk of road vehicle incursion and whether preventative action was needed.  

These reports will now be examined as part of the investigation by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) into the latest incident. Current related national policies and processes will also be reviewed.

The collision happened at 19.41 on Wednesday 30 November 2011 around 1.6km north of Stowmarket station. The train involved was the 2W29, 18.43 service from Cambridge to Ipswich. At the time of the impact the driver had left the vehicle to call for help and the train, which was travelling at around 89kmph, did not derail and no passengers were injured.

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