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Photo Released of Scampston Train Crash Victim

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10:23am 8th May 2014
(Updated 4:42pm 8th May 2014)

Police have released a photo of Eric Ireland, the pensioner who died at yesterday's level crossing collision between his car and a train at a level crossing in Scampston.

The 77 year old was named by officers as the victim of the crash this morning. His 90 year old wife is said to be terrible shock. Eric Ireland has no other immediate family.

British Transport Police officials are continuing their investigation into yesterday's collision with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. Chief Inspector Derek O’Mara from British Transport Police said: “BTP officers were called to Ivy Lea rail crossing in Scampston, near Malton shortly after 9.15am on Wednesday, 7 May following reports of a car having been struck by a train.

“Our officers attended, alongside colleagues from North Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, and discovered a car had been hit by a train at the crossing. The driver of the car, 77-year-old Eric Ireland from Moorsholme in Scampston, sadly died at the scene. His family have been notified and specialist officers are providing support to them at this difficult time.

“The police investigation into the incident is ongoing. 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, and are working closely with colleagues from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to determine exactly what led to the collision.”



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