Norwich to London rail delays after car collides with train in Suffolk

There were two-hour delays on the Norwich to London train line last night after a car collided with a train at a crossing in Stowmarket.

One man was hospitalised with a non life-threatening head injury after the collision in the Suffolk town.

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) crews were called to the unmanned level crossing on Newton Road at 7.38pm.

An ambulance, an officer and a manager from EEAST attended the scene and a Hazardous Area Response Team was also initially scrambled as there was concern the incident could have been major. However the team was stood down.

An EEAST spokesman said: 'A man who was in the car and believed to be in his 30s was treated on scene and taken to Ipswich Hospital with a non life-threatening head injury.

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'Twenty-four passengers on the train as well as the train driver and the guard were assessed on scene and escaped unscathed.'

The delays were made worse because of an incident in the Manor Park area of London but the lines reopened through Stowmarket at around 10.30pm.

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A National Express East Anglia spokesman said: 'The 18.43 Cambridge to Ipswich service collided with a road vehicle which had encroached onto the line in the Stowmarket area last night. There were no injuries to the 24 passengers and staff on the train.

'Train services through Stowmarket were subject to delays for the remainder of the evening while emergency services attended the incident.'

The incident has not affected train services this morning.

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