Six people have died
and five are seriously injured after a high-speed train hit a car on an unmanned
level crossing on Saturday evening.
All eight carriages of the 1735 First
Great Western service from Paddington to Plymouth were derailed in the accident
near Ufton Nervet, Berkshire.
The train, carrying about 300 people, hit the
car at around 1815 GMT.
Sad news this, and only about 10-15 mins up the road from where I live.
Ufton Nervet is not too far from Aldermaston. Quite a few of the injured were taken to a local hospital where my wife works.
Never heard anything round here because we are quite a way off the main roads.
I wish a speedy recovery to those who were injured, and my condolences and thoughts go out to the families that have lost loved ones.
Our local railway station has full barriers, but you still see idiots trying to beat them coming down. Although the crossing is no longer manned, it is linked via video camera to the local signal box in Basingstoke. I suspect the same for the Ufton Nervet crossing, but there isn’t much they could do because of the speed the trains travel. In this case, it appears to have been someone comitting suicide.