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Two family members dead after train hits car on level crossing

A 15-year-old boy and 72-year-old man who were travelling in the car died in the collision.

A teenager and a pensioner died in the collision (PA)
A teenager and a pensioner died in the collision (PA)

Two members of the same family have died after a car was struck by a train at a level crossing in West Sussex.

British Transport Police (BTP) said the duo – a 15-year-old boy and a 72-year-old man – were travelling in a car when the collision happened, at Barns Green in Horsham, at around 8.45am on Saturday.

Officers from BTP attended alongside colleagues from Sussex Police and paramedics.

Detective Inspector Brett Walker from BTP said: “This is an extremely tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

“Our officers have been working at the scene, and will continue to do so for the rest of the day, to ensure we gain as much information about how the collision happened.

“People should expect some disruption to services in the area while we investigate. I would like to thank the community in Barns Green for their support and patience.

“Local people will see more of our officers in the area throughout the day and I would urge anyone who saw what happened, or feels they may have any information which would be relevant to our investigation, to contact us.”

Anyone with info can call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 reference 146 of 17/02/18 or text on 61016.

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