Misson Springs level crossing death: 4-year-old girl Emma Lifsey dies in hospital

// World | Misson Springs level crossing death: 4-year-old girl Emma Lifsey dies in hospital
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
  • Child airlifted to intensive care after smash on South Yorkshire Nottinghamshire border
  • Emma Lifsey died in hospital in the early hours of this morning
  • Woman driver, 67, taken to hospital with injuries

By Anna Edwards

PUBLISHED: 08:58 EST, 4 December 2012 | UPDATED: 04:39 EST, 5 December 2012

A four-year-old girl has died in hospital after she and an elderly woman driver were hit by a train when their car went through a level crossing.

British Transport Police said a train collided with a car at the Beech Hill crossing on Springs Road, Mission Springs, Nottinghamshire, at 12.35pm yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the isolated level crossing, which has barriers and flashing lights, in the middle of a huge stretch of flat farmland at Beech Hill.

The 67-year-old driver suffered severe neck injuries and was taken by ambulance to nearby Doncaster Royal Infirmary, while youngster Emma LIfsey was taken by air ambulance to Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Scroll down for video

Emma Lifsey was killed when a train collided with the car that she and a 67-year-old driver were in

The scene where the car and train collided with one another, injuring the child so badly she had to be flown to hospital

The scene where the car and train collided with one another, injuring the child so badly she had to be flown to hospital

The train hit a car at the level crossing in Finningley, South Yorkshire, injuring three people (file picture)

The train hit a car at the level crossing in Finningley, Nottinghamshire, injuring two people (file picture)

The incident involved the 11.54 East Midlands Trains service from Lincoln to Doncaster

The incident involved the 11.54 East Midlands Trains service from Lincoln to Doncaster

In a statement issued through British Transport Police, Emma’s parents, Mark and Zoe Lifsey, aged 40 and 38 and from Haxey, 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 BTP 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.

Emergency services rushed to the scene to investigate the incident

Crash horror: Emergency services rushed to the scene to investigate the incident

The collision happened in Finningley near Doncaster, South Yorkshire

The collision happened in Finningley near Doncaster, South Yorkshire

'The train, a Lincoln to Doncaster service, was damaged but remained upright and on the tracks. There have been no reports of injuries to passengers or staff onboard.

'The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and Office of Rail Regulation have been notified.'

An East Midlands Trains spokesperson said: 'The incident happened at approximately 12.35 and involved the 11.54 East Midlands Trains service from Lincoln to Doncaster.

'The train remained upright on the tracks at all times.

'Our first priority and thoughts are for those involved in the incident. Our staff ensured that passengers were safely escorted from the train and these passengers will be taken forward to Doncaster by alternative road transport.

'We will work with Network Rail and the British Transport Police to ensure those involved in this incident are given every assistance.'

The spokesman added that a bus service is operating on the affected route between Lincoln and Doncaster.

A National Rail worker posting on Twitter said thanks to a local who had given drinks to the evacuated and shocked passengers.

As night descended BTP erected flood lights as several police continue examining and clearing the area. The car remains at the scene.

The level crossing is one protected by double barriers and is not manually operated.

A local farmer, who did not wish to be named, said: 'The level crossing is a really obvious one, I can't see how this could have really happened other than somebody skidding into and breaking through it. It seems really odd to me.'

VIDEO: 'Were the lights and barriers working?' Police quizzed over crossing crash. 

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Father abandons his three children in boarding school for eight years

Three children abandoned in a boarding school in Abule-Iroko in the Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State are longing to meet their parents ... Full story

University Students Storm Lagos Club To Strip Dance For Money

Cave night club could have passed for any other club but it is not like any other in Nigeria. It is a strip club where ... Full story

Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for the manslaughter of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

There was almost complete silence in the courtroom as Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in jail for the manslaughter of his girlfriend Reeva ...

Popular Musician Feyisayo Mojisola Oyetade Dies On Child Naming Ceremony Day

A popular hip-hop singer has died on the naming day of her 8-day-old baby boy. The singer, Feyisayo Mojisola Oyetade, who is a popular singer in ... Full story

Husband Snatching Mess: Femi Anibaba's Wife Tells Ronke Odusanya She Can Have Her Husband

Folape Sokoya, wife of Femi Anibaba, the man Ronke Odusanya was accused to have snatched, has finally spoken on the issue and has also wished ...

Boko Haram divided over peace talks with the Federal Government

Following the ceasefire deal the Federal Government entered into with Boko Haram, the violent fundamentalist sect has split into two. While one faction wants peace, ...

Dilish Mattews - The Truth About My Affair With Edo State Governor

Pretty and sexy Dillish Mathews, became famous when she made it to the top and announced the winner of the 2013 edition of Big Brother ...

Stephen Keshi expected in Ethiopia for contract talks

Former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, is expected in Ethiopia this week to finalise discussions with the country’s FA on the vacant national team job, ...

Boko Haram captures another town in Borno State

Suspected members of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, have captured another Borno town, Abadam, after laying a massive siege to it. It was gathered from security ...

Over 3,000 Students Fail Bar Exam At Nigerian Law School

Apparently there was mass failure at the Nigerian Law School this year. The Nigerian Law School recently released the 2013/2014 August result, and it was ... Full story

Boko Haram Militants To Release 218 Chibok Girls Monday

There are strong indications that the 218 schoolgirls abducted six months ago in Chibok, Borno State, by the violent Boko Haram sect may be released ... Full story

Comment on: Misson Springs level crossing death: 4-year-old girl Emma Lifsey dies in hospital

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

I Am Now A Night Crawler—Desmond Elliot

It was a bit of shock for some fans of Nollywood actor, Desmond Elliot when they learnt that he has a Yoruba name, Olusola. This ...

Popular Actor, Chike Bryan Returns From Kidney Transplant In India

In June 2014, Nigeriafilms.com reported that President of the Scriptwriters Guild of Nigeria, Chike Bryan, was diagnosed with kidney failure and needed a transplant in ...

Jaywon Returns Home For King's Coronation

Former Kennis Music big boy, Jaywon, recently returned to his hometown, Egbe in Kogi State for the inauguration of the new King of Egbe, after ...

Kenneth Okonkwo Obtains PDP Nomination Form

Reports reaching us indicate that veteran Nollywood actor, Kenneth Okonkwo has purchased his nomination form after indicating his interest in a seat in the National ...

Chika Ike, Manager Spend Lavishly In Dubai

Africa is a continent where the institution of marriage is held sacred, but recently, the fusion of the Western culture into the African way of ...

Nse Ikpe Ruins Hubby’s Philosophy

Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe Etim, may have caused her husband, Clifford Sule to have a rethink about his philosophy about love.The actress, who became a ...

Don’t expect miracles from me – Amodu

The newly appointed coach of the Super Eagles Amodu Shaibu has asked Nigerians to be moderate in their expectations of the team even as he ...

After Father's Burial, Beverly Osu Carry’s Live Python For a Living

Gone are the days when Nollywood makes use of fake instruments and other things to make movie look real. Thumbs up to the rapid development ...

Oritse Femi Lavishes N224 Million on Material Things Alone

‘Double Wahala’ crooner, Oritse Femi, is actually reaping the fruit of his labour as he has moved into his a newly acquired duplex valued at ...

Awards Have Exposed Me To Many Things—Tope Tadela

Nollywood actor, Temitope Christopher, popularly known as Tope Tedela was a relatively unknown face in Nollywood until he beat several established names in the industry ...