The incident occurred on boxing day (26 December) at about noon when the train hit a white Vauxhall Astra on an unmanned level crossing on the Swanage Railway, a 6 miles long volunteer-run preserved railway. The crossing, close to Harmans Cross carries a farm track over the railway.
The train involved was the 11:40 service Swanage to Norden headed by BR Class 4 locomotive No 80104. The car, driven by a 23 year old man was carried for 100 yards along the line. The driver had to be cut free from the wreckage. He was air-lifted to hospital with chest and shoulder injuries. His condition is said to be stable. None of the passengers on the train were injured.
The Swanage Railway is a heritage railway that operates trains over a restored section of the former British Railways branch line between Wareham and the seaside town of Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. The trains are hauled by preserved steam locomotives and are manned by volunteers.
file last updated: Monday, 27-Dec-1999 13:41:35 EST
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