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Train hits tractor in East Anglia

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Just after 09:00 on Thursday 19 August 2021, a freight train collided with a tractor at Kisbeys user-worked level crossing in March, Cambridgeshire, between March and Whittlesea stations.

Three freight wagons derailed in the crash, which caused significant damage to the track, signalling equipment and the level crossing. The train driver and the tractor driver sustained minor injuries.

Photos of the aftermath of the incident show the front half of the tractor is detached from the trailer.

Network Rail is assisting the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) with its investigation to fully understand the circumstance of the incident.

By Friday 20 August, the freight train and wagons had been removed and Network Rail’s engineers had completed half a mile of track repairs, with the remaining half a mile planned in over the weekend. Repairs were also being carried out to the signalling equipment and level crossing infrastructure.

Repairs are expected to take several days.

Simon Milburn, Network Rail.

Network Rail’s infrastructure director for Anglia, Simon Milburn, said: “We’ve been working around the clock to carry out repairs as quickly as possible and have completed half of the track repairs so far, with further works planned this weekend.

“We aim to reopen the line as soon as we can next week, but it will remain closed on Monday.

“Passengers travelling between Ely and Peterborough are advised to check with their train operator or National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.”

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