Train crash teenager in court

A TEENAGER will appear at magistrates court in Ipswich today charged with three offences relating to the level crossing incident on the London to Norwich line at Baylham.

A TEENAGER will appear at magistrates court in Ipswich today charged with three offences relating to the level crossing incident on the London to Norwich line at Baylham.

The 18-year-old from South London was charged yesterday with dangerous driving, endangering the safety of persons on the railway and obstruction of trains. A 17-year-old from Croydon has been charged with assisting him and will appear in court at a later date.

A third male was arrested but released without charge.

The three-carriage train, which was travelling at about 40mph, was heading to Ipswich from Norwich when the accident happened at the level crossing just off the B1113 road, which runs from Claydon to Stowmarket.

The train driver – who was shaken, but uninjured in the crash – reported seeing a van at the level crossing and slammed on the emergency brakes.

The front of the van was crushed on impact, but it remained upright, and damage was also caused to a level crossing barrier. The train ended up about 150 yards past the level crossing after the accident.