Investigation after bus drama at level crossing near Norwich

PUBLISHED: 12:19 07 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:19 07 July 2015

Salhouse Road Crossing in Rackheath. Picture: Archant

Salhouse Road Crossing in Rackheath. Picture: Archant


An investigation is under way today after a bus with school children on board is believed to have been on a level crossing as the barriers were lowered.

The train, thought to be travelling from north Norfolk to Norwich, passed just seconds after the bus had reversed to safety.

The incident took place on the Salhouse Road level crossing in Rackheath at about 3.30pm yesterday.

Andrea Woollard’s 11-year-old son Salvu was on the bus when it happened.

The shocked mum-of-three, 47, heard what happened when her son came home from Broadland High School.

“He said it was really scary,” she said. “He told me there were people screaming on the bus.”

Ms Woollard, of Green Lane West, Rackheath, said there were more than 20 children on the bus. Her son was travelling backwards, sitting three rows back from the driver.

She added: “He realised he was on the railway track and heard this loud noise. He looked out and saw it was the barrier on the roof. The driver started to reverse back and 10 to 15 seconds later the train came past.”

A spokesman for British 
Transport Police said: “We received a report on Monday, July 6 of a vehicle entering the Salhouse Road level crossing in Rackheath. As the crossing barriers were lowering the vehicle reversed back from the crossing shortly after and no collision took place.

“This was reported to British Transport Police at 4.41pm and we are now investigating alongside Network Rail.”

The duty inspector at Norfolk Police said a call was made at 4.28pm and the incident was closed by the service and passed to British Transport Police (BTP) and in turn Network Rail to deal with.

Norfolk Police are awaiting an update from BTP.

Network Rail was contacted but a spokesman said it could not comment until later today.

A spokesman for Abellio Greater Anglia, which operates the service on the line, said British Transport Police would be investigating with Network Rail.

Salhouse is on the line from Norwich to Cromer and Sheringham. A train was due to depart from Salhouse station at 3.29pm.

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