Man dies in level crossing crash

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LEVEL CROSSING: It is suggested the safety barriers did not come down.

A MAN, 79, died when his car was hit by a train on a level crossing near the Verge de Lluc station in Palma.

Initial investigations suggest that the safety barriers did not come down to alert drivers that a train was about to pass. Witnesses and residents in the area say that this had been a problem for several weeks.

The police and Mallorca Railway Services are viewing recordings from two cameras at the level crossing and it is known that the train was travelling 70 per cent slower than the maximum permitted speed in that area. 

The accident occurred when the victim crossed the path of the train heading to Manacor.

The train shunted the Seat Ibiza along the tracks for about 50 metres until the train driver was able to stop completely. Several people called the emergency services and the Local and National Police and firemen arrived on the scene. 

The car driver had died instantly. The train driver was taken to a health centre as he was in shock. The passengers on the train were uninjured and were evacuated. The railway service was cut off and buses were provided so the passengers could reach their destinations.

The tracks were reopened approximately two hours later.

The Mallorca Railway Services have offered their condolences to the victim’s relatives.

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