Man dies as vehicle hit by train at level crossing near Lidlington

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A man has died after a auto was hit by a train at a level crossing near Milton Keynes.

The collision happened shortly after 9.30am when the vehicle was hit by the train at Marston level crossing close to Lidlington station.

British Transport Police said officers were called by paramedics to Marston Road level crossing near Lidlington, Bedfordshire, at 10:00 GMT. There were no other reported injuries.

The man's death is not being treated as suspicious at the moment, but officers are trying to determine how the auto came to be on the tracks.

"The auto was struck by the 09.34 Bedford to Bletchley London Midland service with 11 passengers and two members of staff on board". Trains can pass through at up to 60mph.

A spokesman for Network Rail, which manages level crossings in Britain, said: "We are assisting emergency services with an incident at Marston level crossing, near Bedford, in which a train has collided with a auto".

Officers from the British Transport Police were called to the site of the crash just after 10am on Tuesday.

Figures from the Rail Safety and Standards Board show that three people, all pedestrians, were killed at level crossings in Britain during 2015/16, excluding suicides and suspected suicides.