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Train crash man still 'critical'

A 58-year-old man remains critically ill three days after suffering "life-threatening" abdominal injuries when the train he was travelling in hit a sewage tanker on a level crossing, prosecutors have said.

The first of the train's two carriages was derailed and 21 people, including the train driver, were hurt in the accident at Little Cornard, Suffolk, late on Tuesday.

Tanker driver Arvydas Bartasius appeared before magistrates in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on Friday accused of endangering the safety of railway users by driving a lorry on to the level crossing without notifying railway signallers.

Bartasius, 38, of Littleport, Cambridgeshire, who was unhurt, entered no plea and was given conditional bail. He is next due to appear on October 1.

The 1731 National Express East Anglia service, which was carrying about 20 passengers and thought to have been travelling at between 50mph and 60mph, cut the tanker in two as it made its way from Sudbury, Suffolk, to Marks Tey, Essex, police said.

Bartasius - who worked for waste management firm JK Environmental, which has offices in Sudbury and Ipswich, Suffolk; Royston, Hertfordshire; Coventry and Leicester - was carrying sludge from a nearby sewage works.

A trackside sign tells drivers to phone rail officials and get permission to cross before opening a barrier gate.

Police said the critically injured passenger was being treated in a London hospital. The Crown Prosecution Service said he had suffered extensive internal injuries.

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