Vigil in Haxey church last night for Emma Lifsey who died in level crossing collision
A candlelit vigil was held in Haxey last night (Wednesday Dec 5) in memory of four year-old Emma Lifsey.
Emma died after the car in which she was travelling was in collision with a train on a level crossing just outside the Isle of Axholme on Tuesday.
Dozens of residents attended the vigil at St Nicholas' Church in Haxey.
Residents were asked to take candles along with them.
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Emma's parents said she "meant the world" to them.
Emma died following the accident at Beech Hill half-width barrier crossing.
Emma was the passenger in a car driven by a 67-year-old woman when British Transport Police say the vehicle was struck by a train.
She was airlifted to Sheffield Children's Hospital but died in the early hours of yesterday (Wednesday).
Emma's parents, Mark and Zoe Lifsey, aged 40 and 38, said: "Emma meant the world to us. She was our much-loved daughter and a baby sister to her 11-year-old brother Jack.
"We are still trying to come to terms with the terrible incident 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."
The 67-year-old car driver suffered serious neck injuries and bruising and was taken to hospital in Doncaster where she remains in a stable condition.
No passengers or staff on board the train are reported to have been injured.
The incident was reported to British Transport Police at 12.35pm on Tuesday.
Police, fire and ambulance services all attended the scene.
An investigation in to the incident has now begun.
David Horne, managing director for the firm that owns the train, East Midlands Trains, said: "Our thoughts are with the parents of Emma and their loved ones at this very difficult time.
"We are working closely with Network Rail and the British Transport Police to support the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.
"Safety is our absolute priority. We will be doing everything possible in the days ahead to assist the investigation into identifying the cause of this tragic incident."
The train was travelling between Lincoln and Doncaster.
It was damaged but remained upright and on the tracks.
Work continued into Wednesday to move the train from the incident site to allow normal services to start running again.
Andrew Percy, MP for the Haxey area, said: "My heart goes out to the family at this really tragic time.
"I am aware an investigation is being conducted and I hope this goes in to all of the circumstances."
British Transport Police say they are working hard to find out how the incident happened.
A spokesman said: "The police investigation into the incident is ongoing and remains very much in 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 Rail Accident Investigation Branch and Office of Rail Regulation have been notified."
TWO FURTHER RAIL DEATHS IN LINCOLNSHIRE
A 14-year-old boy died after being hit by a train at a crossing near Doddington Road in Lincoln today (Thursday).
British Transport Police were alerted to the incident on a foot crossing behind Moorland Way, off Tritton Road, at 8.51am.
Medics pronounced the boy dead at the scene.
A 26-year-old rail worker died after being hit by a train near Lincoln.
Scott Dobson, a contractor for Network Rail, was working on the track near Sykes Lane, about half a mile from Saxilby station.
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