Car dragged 80ft after being hit by train at level crossing

Passengers managed to get out just in time


A car was dragged 80ft after being hit by a train at a level crossing in Scotland.

The car was hit by a Virgin Voyager service at Cleghorn level crossing, between Motherwell and Corsairs, at around 6.45pm on Saturday.

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According to ITV News, there were around 60 passengers on the service, which had been travelling from Preston to Glasgow.

There were no injuries reported, and the occupants of the car managed to escape before the train hit.

The BBC reports that the incident caused disruption to services, some of which were re-routed.

In a statement on its website, the British Transport Police (BTP), said: "Just after 6.46pm we were called to Cleghorn level crossing in Lanark, Scotland following reports that a car was struck by a train.

"Officers from British Transport Police and Police Scotland are on scene and are being supported by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

"Fortunately, all occupants of the vehicle were able to exit before it was struck by the train. There are no reported injuries at this stage.

"Our priority is to ensure the safety of everyone on board the train and the vehicles occupants and look to understand how the car came to be on the tracks."

A spokesman added that anyone with any information should contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.

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