Investigation into death of Haxey girl Emma Lifsey shows car "drove through barrier"
An ongoing investigation into the death of a four-year-girl from Haxey who was travelling in a car that collided with a train has revealed it happened after the car “drove through a barrier and into the path of the approaching train”.
Emma Lifsey died after the car she was travelling in was in a collision with a train at the Beech Hill crossing in Misson Springs near her village on December 4.
A 67-year-old woman who was driving the car received serious neck injuries during the collision.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released information on its website that said records for the Beech Hill level crossing showed barriers lowered as the car approached.
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The RAIB is currently carrying out an investigation and said it intends to identify the sequence of events leading up to the crash, assess the likely impact of glare from the sun on the actions of the car driver and consider the conspicuity of the crossing equipment (barriers and lights).
The investigation will also consider whether the design of the road signs and equipment at automatic crossings is appropriate and whether it could be improved.
The RAIB said its report was to be independent of any investigations by the safety authority (the Office of Rail Regulation) and the British Transport Police.