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Crash car lands in front of train

Three people had a miraculous escape after their car crashed through a railway bridge on to the track below, in front of an on-coming steam train.

Two cars collided on the bridge that crossed over the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway (GWR) near the village of Southam, Gloucestershire, at around 1.30pm.

One of the cars fell 20 feet onto the track below the bridge on Southam Lane and landed on its roof. The train that was travelling along the line managed to stop before hitting the car. No injuries were reported.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Early reports indicated that two vehicles had collided on the bridge, resulting in one vehicle dropping from the road to the railway track below.

"On arrival the crews reported that a single vehicle had dropped approximately 20 feet on to the track landing on its roof.

"A steam train that was travelling on the track at the time had managed to stop short of the vehicle. All three occupants had managed to get out of the vehicle safely."

The GWR bills itself as offering a 20-mile round trip between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds.

It runs along a part of the former Great Western Railway's mainline from Birmingham to Cheltenham, via Stratford-upon-Avon.

The line closed in 1976 but by 1984 heritage trains began running again along a short part of the line, with the aim of eventually linking the race courses in Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon.

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