Haxey girl Emma Lifsey killed in railway level crossing accident
The family of a four year-old girl from Haxey killed in a level crossing accident have said she was their world.
Emma Lifsey, from Haxey, died after the car she was travelling in was hit by a train at Beach Hill crossing in Nottinghamshire - just a few miles from Haxey.
In a statement issued through the British Transport Police, Emma's parents, Mark and Zoe Lifsey from Haxey, said: "Emma meant the world to us.
"She was our much-loved daughter and a baby sister to her 11 year-old brother.
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"We are still trying to come to terms with the terrible on Tuesday afternoon and there are no words that can properly express how utterly distraught we are.
"We would like to thank everyone for the many messages of sympathy and support we have received
"As you can appreciate, this tragic incident has left us shocked and devastated and we would ask that we can be left to grieve in private at this acutely difficult and sad time for us."
British Transport Police officers were called to the rail line at Beach Hill crossing, Springs Road, Nottinghamshire on Tuesday, December 4 after a car containing a woman and a young girl was struck by a train.
A spokesman, said: "The incident was reported to BTP at 12.35pm on Tuesday, December 4 and saw local police, fire and ambulance service attend the scene.
"The driver of the vehicle, a 67 year-old woman, received serious neck injuries and bruising and was taken to hospital in Doncaster, where she remains at present in a stable condition.
"The four year-old girl, Emma Lifsey, sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Sheffield Children's Hospital, where she was sadly pronounced dead in the early hours of Wednesday, December 5. Her family have been notified.
"The police investigation in to the incident is ongoign and remains very much at the early stages. Officers are working hard to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, including how the vehicle came to be on the tracks at the time.
"This will include speaking to any witnesses to the incident, while specialist officers will also look at evidence from the scene and the car in question, a black Volvo which has now been recovered.
"The train, a Lincoln to Doncaster service, was damaged but remained upright and on the tracks. There have been no reports of injuries to passengers or staff onboard.
"The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and Office of Rail Regulation have been notified."