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Transport police confirm arrest made after Waterbeach train and car collision


By Ben Comber


British Transport Police Cambridgeshire - Waterbeach car and train collision
British Transport Police Cambridgeshire - Waterbeach car and train collision

It was determined that the railway crossing was functioning correctly at the time of the incident.

A 44-year-old Cambridgeshire woman has been released on bail after she was arrested following a collision between a train and a car at the railway crossing in Waterbeach.

British Transport Police said the woman was arrested on suspicion of causing an unlawful act with intent to endanger safety on the railway, and for failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

She was released until April 26.

British Transport Police said officers were continuing their investigation after the incident on Thursday (March 29) evening.

The collision caused massive disruption to rail commuters with long delays and rescheduled routes.

A women, thought to be the driver of the car who was in the vehicle when the impact occurred, was taken to Addenbrooke’s in a stable condition with no serious injuries. No passengers on the train were injured.

Network Rail said that it carried out its own tests following the incident and concluded that the level crossing was safe and operating correctly.

A spokesman said the crossing lights had been flashing and the barriers were lowering at the time of the incident.

A spokesperson for British Transport Police said: “We were called at 5.41pm to a level crossing near Waterbeach station, to reports that a car had been struck by a train.

“We attended alongside colleagues from the ambulance service and Cambridgeshire police.

“One woman, believed to be the driver of the car, has been taken to hospital. Her injuries are not believed to be serious.

“We are continuing to investigate the incident and establish how the car came to be on the level crossing.”



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