A COLLISION between a train and a car was narrowly avoided on the outskirts of Whittington.
The incident happened last Tuesday, September 17, at around 7.35pm when the Arriva Trains Wales service was crossing the Decoy Level Crossing on Decoy Farm Lane as it made its way to Gobowen station.
The train, which was travelling from Cardiff to Holyhead, stopped for 10 minutes before continuing on its journey.
Passengers said they heard the driver sound the horn four times while applying the brakes.
The Advertizer’s motoring editor, Roger Anthony, who was travelling from Newport, said: “I knew something was wrong when the driver sounded four long blasts on the horn at the same time as he was applying quite heavy braking.
“It was only when the guard told us there was going to be a further five minute delay as they hadjust averted what he called “a serious incident” that I realised something had happened,” he added.
A British Transport Police spokesman confirmed they were investigating the incident and would be viewing CCTV in the area.
He said: “The driver of the train involved reported a car crossing its path just before it passed the crossing.
“The emergency brake was applied but the vehicle was not struck. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
“An investigation has been launched and officers will now view CCTV and investigate the full circumstances of the incident.”
A spokeswoman from Arriva Trains Wales said the driver had sounded the horn “to alert the car not to cross” and “applied the brakes as a precaution”.
She added: “Level crossings are very safe if people use them sensibly, but some people will try to cross.”
l Anyone with information is asked to contact 0800 405040 or text 6106 quoting reference 503 of 17/09/2013.