Police investigate as train crashes into level crossing barrier near Great Yarmouth

An Abellio Greater Anglia train. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

An Abellio Greater Anglia train. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

British Transport Police are treating a level crossing crash near Great Yarmouth on Friday morning as suspicious.

Officers were called to the crossing by Breydon Water, close to the A47, at 6.23am after a train hit the gate at the crossing.

No passengers were on the train at the time as it was not in service. A spokesperson for Network Rail said that the driver was badly shaken but unhurt.

British Transport Police confirmed that they were investigating and treating it as 'suspicious'.

The crash caused severe disruption to the morning service on the Norwich to Great Yarmouth line with trains replaced by buses until 10.30am.

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A spokesperson for Abellio Greater Anglia said: 'We would like to apologise to passengers who were delayed between Norwich and Great Yarmouth this morning.

'We are currently working with the British Transport Police who are investigating.'

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•Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference 66 of 27/5/16.

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