Tractor in train crash 'not working on asparagus land'

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BY MARTYN FISHER

Tractor in train crash 'not working on asparagus land'

The incident took place just off Roudham Farm, which is the home of supermarket-supplying firm Norfolk County Asparagus

Tractor in train crash 'not working on asparagus land'

The train after the impact (Photo from Twitter: @Tom_Smith_95)

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An incident which saw a tractor and a train collide on a part of the track just off Roudham Farm - which hosts a large-scale asparagus operation - did not involve a vehicle being used for the veg-growing part of the farm.

The farm, which is owned by Tim and Ellen Jolly, is the home of supermarket-supplying business Norfolk County Asparagus.

But Tim Jolly told FPJ that the tractor involved in the serious incident belonged to a pig farming company which hires land at Roudham Farm.

The tractor driver suffered serious injuries after the Abellio Greater Anglia Norwich to Cambridge train service carrying 135 people hit his vehicle at a level crossing in Roudham, which is near Thetford, in Norfolk.

The train driver was also taken to hospital and three other people on board suffered minor injuries during the crash.

British Transport Police said they were called to the railway line at 12.36pm after reports of the crash.

A spokesperson said: “The driver of the tractor has sustained serious, although not life-threatening, injuries. The train driver's injuries are not thought to be serious.”

Local media report that the crossing is regularly used by workers at Roudham Farm, with the railway line splitting its land just south of the A11.

When contacted by the Eastern Daily Press, Ellen Jolly said she was unwilling to comment on the investigation, but added that her sympathies were with the injured drivers and passengers.

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