Driver killed as train hits car on main rail line between Exeter and Taunton


A driver has died after a train struck a car on the main railway line between Exeter and Taunton last night, UK transport police confirmed this morning.

A spokesperson said: ‘UK Transport Police were called at 9.10pm on 23/12 to a level crossing in Bradford on Tone following a report of a train-car collision .

“Unfortunately, the driver of the car died at the scene. The incident is not treated as suspicious.”

The train involved was the 6:37 p.m. GWR service from Paddington to Plymouth.

Last night GWR said: “We are aware of an incident involving the 1837 service from Paddington to Plymouth where the train struck a car at a level crossing near Taunton.

“Emergency services are currently on the scene. Fortunately, no customers or staff would have been injured, but the train conductor was understandably shaken up.

“Other trains are being diverted around the incident where possible and alternative transport is provided if necessary.”

Passengers reported that the incident left them “stranded”. Firefighters were seen on the tracks and all trains were canceled while the incident was resolved.

Several passengers discussed the situation with GWR on Twitter, who reassured train passengers that “everyone on board is safe” and that they “are providing transportation for those affected.”


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