One dead in crash involving car and train at level crossing in Somerset
One person has died after a train collided with a car on a level crossing in Somerset early this morning.
The crash on the crossing near Athelney happened at around 6.30am this morning.
It has been reported that none of the 45 people on board the train were injured in the incident. 37 were passengers.
Stanmoor Road in Athelney has been closed in both directions at the Cuts Road junction while emergency services deal with the incident.
In a statement released this morning, British Transport Police said: "Shortly before 6.30am, British Transport Police were called to reports of a car having been struck by a train at Athelney automatic half barrier level crossing.
"The train involved is the 5.46am Exeter to London Paddington service.
"The train has not been derailed and there are no reports of any injuries to anyone on board.
"The car is trapped under the front of the train and services are currently stopped in the area."
Athelney resident Aaron Mead told the BBC he heard an "almighty bang".
"A couple of pictures on the bedside table fell over," he said.
"Before we knew it we had endless amounts of sirens - police cars, fire engines and ambulances bombing up and down the road."
WHERE IT HAPPENED
First Great Western have confirmed that services between Westbury and Taunton will be significantly disrupted.
The train operator has introduced a limited bus replacement between Taunton and Westbury in both directions, stopping at Castle Cary.
The video clip below from RailPhotoAnthology on YouTube shows trains using the level crossing at Athelney.
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