OAP to face court over train crash

AN 83-YEAR-OLD Woodbridge man is due to appear in court this week accused of being responsible for a crash in which a train and car collided.Peter Hill, of Green Man Way in Melton Park, Woodbridge is scheduled to come before magistrates at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich on Thursday.

AN 83-YEAR-OLD Woodbridge man is due to appear in court this week accused of being responsible for a crash in which a train and car collided.

Peter Hill, of Green Man Way in Melton Park, Woodbridge is scheduled to come before magistrates at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich on Thursday.

The OAP is facing a total of four charges in connection with the crash that happened just yards from Woodbridge railway station.

He is accused of endangering railway passengers, obstruction of the railway, careless driving and failing to comply with a traffic sign.

As yet Hill has not issued a plea to any of the charges.

The allegations come after 17 people including Hill and his wife Margaret, 81, managed to escape serious injury after a passenger train was in collision with the pensioner's car.

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The crash happened around 9.30am on January 28 when an Anglia Railways service from Ipswich to Lowestoft had just left Woodbridge station.

The train was travelling at approximately four or five miles an hour and collided with a car that was on the track.

The accident happened at an unmanned level crossing and there had been 15 passengers on the train. The train was not derailed but was examined by engineers in case of damage before it was put back in service.

The incident caused travel chaos to the region and left the East Suffolk train line closed for more than two hours.

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