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Author Topic: Two dead as train and car collide on level crossing at Barns Green, West Sussex - 17 Feb 2018  (Read 485 times)
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« on: February 17, 2018, 12:02:06 pm »

Early reports state that two lives have been lost as a train and a car collide on a level crossing at Barns Green, Horsham, West Sussex.
The crossing looks like a half barrier type.

Edited to add link to a slightly later news report.

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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2018, 03:03:59 pm »

Absolutely awful. It is half-barrier, as this photo shows:

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Reports say the a 72-year-old man and his 15-year-old grandson were pronounced dead at the scene. No-one on the train needed treatment, and passengers were evacuated to a nearby campsite.
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2018, 11:50:14 pm »

From the BBC:

Barns Green: Church service for level crossing victims

A service of remembrance has been held for a boy and his grandfather who died when their car was struck by a train at a level crossing in West Sussex.

The 72-year-old man and his 15-year-old grandson were pronounced dead at the scene following the crash at the Barns Green crossing in Horsham on Saturday.

Carol Shepherd, Lay Reader at St Nicolas Church in Itchingfield, said the whole community was in shock.

"We feel for the family terribly. They're well known," she said.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's service, Ms Shepherd told BBC Sussex there would be a minute's silence and a candle would be lit.

"We'll be praying for the family and the village because the young boy, I believe, was into football. His grandfather was well known," she said.

"They're going to be hurting and they are going to need a lot of compassion."

No-one on the train was injured in the crash, which happened at 08:47 GMT.

British Transport Police (BTP) said the family of the victims were being supported by specialist officers.

Det Insp Brett Walker said: "This is an extremely tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

"Our officers have been working at the scene to ensure we gain as much information about how the collision happened."

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed, and sent two of its investigators to the scene on Saturday.


William Huskisson MP was the first person to be killed by a train while crossing the tracks, in 1830.  Many more have died in the same way since then.  Don't take a chance: stop, look, listen.

"Level crossings are safe, unless they are used in an unsafe manner."  Discuss.
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