Probe continues into railway death of Haxey girl Emma Lifsey
THE funeral of the four-year-old girl killed in a collision between a train and a car will take place next week.
Emma Lifsey, from Haxey, died when the car she was travelling in was in collision with a train at Beech Hill crossing in Misson Springs near her village on December 4.
Preparations for the funeral, which will be held locally, are well under way.
A tractor driver who officers say may have witnessed the crash and have vital information about it has now come forward.
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A spokeswoman for the British Transport Police (BTP) said: "The driver of the tractor came forward following the media appeal and we have taken a statement from him.
"The investigation remains ongoing."
Officers were called to the scene after a car containing a 67-year-old woman and the young girl was struck by a train.
The driver of the car received serious neck injuries and bruising and was taken to hospital in Doncaster.
She has since been released from hospital and is recovering at home.
Officers have said they will speak to her at the earliest opportunity.
A team of detectives is continuing to look at how the vehicle came to be on the tracks.
The train was moved into a depot in Doncaster where it will be forensically examined.
A candlelit vigil was held in Haxey last week in memory of Emma. Dozens of residents attended the vigil at St Nicholas' Church, in which residents were asked to take candles along with them to light in Emma's memory.
David Horne, managing director for East Midlands Trains, said the company was working closely with Network Rail and the British Transport Police to support the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.
Mr Horne said safety was the "absolute priority" for East Midlands Trains.
There have also been three further deaths on the railway lines in Lincolnshire since last week.
In the most recent, a 14-year-old boy died after being hit by a train in Lincoln on December 6.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040.