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Driver dies in rail crossing crash
A car driver has been killed in a level crossing accident involving a passenger train.
The driver's vehicle was hit by a London-bound First Capital Connect (FCC) train at the Pleasants level crossing, near Downham Market, in west Norfolk.
None of the estimated 60 passengers on the train, which had left King's Lynn in Norfolk at 12.56pm, was hurt and the train was not derailed.
Network Rail (NR) said the crossing between Downham Market and Littleport was a "user-worked" type, with the user being responsible for opening and closing the gate.
An NR spokesman went on: "Those using the crossing get red and green signals to guide them. The crossing goes across a private road in farmland and serves a few houses. It has a number of registered users and other members of the public are not allowed to use it."
The train was slightly damaged in the incident, coming to a halt just down the track. Arrangements were being made to take passengers on to their destinations by bus.
There were no FCC services between Ely and King's Lynn running following the incident at about 1.25pm but the main London to Cambridge line was operating normally.
British Transport Police (BTP) and fire services responded to the incident, with the male car driver being pronounced dead at the scene.
"Officers are currently working to establish the full circumstances including how the car came to be on the tracks," a BTP spokeswoman said.
The Office of Rail Regulation said it would be investigating the incident.