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Crash: the facts


Last Saturday, at 18.12, the 17.35 Paddington to Plymouth First Great Western train struck a stationary vehicle at the level crossing at Ufton Nervet, Berkshire.

According to a Network Rail spokeswoman, the train travelled some distance with the car before all eight carriages derailed at a set of points.

An off-duty Thames Valley police officer saw the vehicle at the level crossing before the automatic half barrier came down. He was trying to contact signalling engineers on the emergency telephone when the train struck the car.

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