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Man charged after train crashes into empty car at level crossing

Published 22/07/2015

A train after it hit an empty car on a railway track in Staffordshire (@OFFICIALWMAS/PA)
A train after it hit an empty car on a railway track in Staffordshire (@OFFICIALWMAS/PA)

A man has been charged with obstructing the railway with intent to endanger safety after a train crashed into an empty car at a level crossing.

Jonathan Mather, 35, was arrested on Monday after the incident at Clay Mills, near Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire.

A passenger service carrying more than 40 people struck the car at about 7.25pm on Monday but was not derailed.

Three people on board the train were treated for back pain.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said Mather, of Pearl Close, Oakwood, Derby, will appear at Burton Magistrates' Court later today.

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