Wales train crash: Emergency services rush to scene of horror accident at crossing

Wales train crash: Emergency services rush to scene of horror accident at crossing

Emergency services rushed to the level crossing at Buttington shortly before 2pm today. The driver of a a black Mercedes van suffered serious injuries and has been rushed to hospital. Photos taken at the scene show police surrounding the vehichle. The back of the van appears to have taken a hard hit and suffered extensive damage. 

The van appears to be next to the train tracks. 

The Wales Air Ambulance said they were dealing with the “ongoing” incident. 

They said three emergency ambulances and a rapid response unit were alse sent to the scene. 

National Rail warned customers to expect disruption until 7pm. 

They said: “A collision at a level crossing between Welshpool and Shrewsbury means that all lines between these stations are blocked.

“Trains between Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury are expected to be disrupted until approximately 7pm.”

A replacement service for passengers is being run by a local coach company. 

British Transport Police said: “The driver of the vehicle suffered serious injuries and has been taken to hospital.

“Officers remain at the scene.”

Welshpool Police tweeted: “A458 currently closed between Tuffins Roundabout and Trewern due to accident.”

One witness said there was a “heavy police presence” at the scene.

They tweeted: “Officers have put in measures to slow down traffic while emergency services work. Traffic is flowing smoothly.”

More to follow…

Published at Mon, 22 Jun 2020 15:26:00 +0000