Monday 20th July 2015 – 9.50pm – Murray MacGregor.
Ambulance staff feared the worst after reports of a collision between a train and a car on a Staffordshire level crossing.
The incident happened at about 7.25pm on Monday evening near Meadow Lane in the Stretton area of Burton upon Trent.
An ambulance was first on scene and was backed up by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire, a paramedic area support officer, three doctors and the Hazardous Area Response Team.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the ‘Cross Country’ train approximately 500 yards from the level crossing. The car involved had been destroyed by the impact, but fortunately the train hadn’t derailed.
“An initial search of the area could find no sign of the car driver and he was later found nearby unhurt; he wasn’t in the car when the impact happened.
“There were 39 passengers and three crew on the train. All were offered a check-up. There were initially five people who required further assessment, three with back pain. Thankfully, after they were seen by medics, all were discharged at the scene.
“All ambulance staff were clear by 9.10pm.”