crews from Burnham called to fatal train crash near Taunton
fire crews were among the emergency services called to deal with
the aftermath of a fatal crash on Thursday (March 21st) when a
train hit a car on a level crossing.
train was travelling from Exeter to Paddington when it crashed
at about 6.30am at Athelney, near Taunton.
A man inside the car was killed.
No-one on the train was hurt, but the 37 passengers were stuck
on the First Great Western train for about six hours.
Rail said it believed the barriers and lights at the crossing
had been working correctly but that full tests would be carried
Devon and Somerset Fire Service's Incident Commander Mark Andrews
said: "Our Fire & Rescue crews from Taunton, Bridgwater,
Street, Middlemoor, Wiveliscombe, Wellington and Burnham worked
exceptionally hard under difficult conditions to deal with the
their quick response and that of our emergency service partners,
the incident could have been much worse. My thanks go to our Police
colleagues in Avon & Somerset Constabulary, British Transport
Police and South Western Ambulance Service as well as the local
community for their work, support and patience during this incident."
Fire Commander at the scene, Group Manager Paul Cregan, said:
"This incident was a significant challenge causing a number
of dangerous and difficult circumstances for our Fire and Rescue
crews. The train struck the vehicle and then carried it along
the tracks eventually stopping over a mile from the crossing."
had to run to the scene carrying firefighting and rescue equipment
to deal with the person trapped in the car, deal with the very
real risk of a fire occurring as well as dealing with nearly 40
people on the train in terrible weather conditions. Each member
of the emergency services did their task exceptionally well and
together, as a multi agency team, we resolved the incident thankfully
without significant injury or disruption to those involved."