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Whitland level crossing train-lorry crash investigated

  • 7-28-2012

An investigation is under way after a lorry and a train collided at a level crossing at Whitland, Carmarthenshire.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is looking into the crash at Henllan Amgoed - the Llanboidy crossing - just before 16:00 BST on Friday.

Initially there were reports of three injuries on the Arriva Trains service.

But British Transport Police said later there were no reported injuries after the "glancing blow" to the 15:10 BST Milford Haven to Manchester train.

A similar incident happened at the same level crossing in December 2011 when a passenger train was involved in a crash with a lorry and trailer carrying hay.

A BTP spokesman said Friday's incident involved a small lorry.

He added: "Colleagues from Dyfed-Powys Police, the Welsh Ambulance Service and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service also attended.

"The train remained upright and on the tracks following the collision.

"It is believed there were around 30 passengers on the train, but no injuries were reported."

The B4328 road was closed while investigations were carried out.

The fire service said via Twitter that passengers were transferred onto buses to Carmarthen station.

One passenger said: "There wasn't really much of a sound. It was more... of a very slight judder.

"It wasn't really much different to what you feel normally on a track."

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