LINCOLNSHIRE: Woman dies after car she was driving was shunted into path of train

PUBLISHED: 13:45 05 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:48 02 June 2010

A WOMAN has died after the car she was driving was shunted into the path of a train at a level-crossing. The woman driver died following the accident at a level-crossing in South Drove, near Spalding. The woman, who was from Spalding and 30-years old, was

A WOMAN has died after the car she was driving was shunted into the path of a train at a level-crossing.

The woman driver died following the accident at a level-crossing in South Drove, near Spalding.

The woman, who was from Spalding and 30-years old, was driving a grey Rover 216 when it clipped the Transit van, which was travelling in the opposite direction.

Lincolnshire Police said the driver of the van managed to steer it off the tracks before the barriers came down.

But the woman was unable to make it off the crossing at West Road.

She then tried in vain to prevent a crash and reverse her car out of the train's path. Police said she was in the car when it was hit by the train. The road is currently closed, police said.

Sergeant Dave Kay, who is at the scene, said: "She was making frantic attempts to get off the level-crossing but witnesses said it was very, very quick from when the barriers came down to the collision.

"She was trying to get her car off the level-crossing but because of the arctic conditions it was like a skating rink and she couldn't get very far."

Police said the two men who were in the van tried to help the woman but did not make it to her car before the collision.

Officers said no-one else was in the car and nobody on the train was injured. The train's driver was badly shaken, police added.


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