Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Got out of This Alive after a Train Hit Me; Mum Tells of Her Lucky Escape

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Got out of This Alive after a Train Hit Me; Mum Tells of Her Lucky Escape

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Byline: MARK WELFORD

A TEESSIDE mum has described how she has been left feeling physically sick after coming within inches of death.

Tracey Dresser had a lucky escape when the car she was driving was hit by a freight train as she tried to pass a level crossing.

The 44-year-old, from Gisburn Road, Billingham, was driving her family's red Mazda when she was struck as she approached the gated crossing at Bog Hall Farm, near Sedgefield, County Durham, at 7.35am last Thursday.

Visibility at the crossing point is obscured by tall grass, so just moments before the impact Tracey got out of the car to check whether it was safe to cross.

"By the time I had messed about in the car, I got to the edge, I looked left and when I looked right the train was there, and it was just too late. I automatically wanted to put the car in reverse but I froze."

The oncoming Great British Rail Freight (GBRF) train, travelling at about 40mph, from Fiddlers Ferry, near Widnes, to Middlesbrough, collided with the vehicle.

"It went past hit, and hit, and hit the car, I had tight hold of the steering wheel and just thought any minute now I'm going to go under," added Tracey.

The front of the car was shredded, but fortunately, Tracey who regularly visits her partner John Musgrave at Bog Hall, escaped unhurt. She said: "When the train stopped I got out and was just crying like a baby and shaking my hands, and walking round, and sitting down, then standing up."

Tracey, who is still suffering from shock, was checked over at hospital after the incident. Emergency services, including fire and rescue crews from Sedgefield and Newton Aycliffe, were called to the scene.

She said: "I'm here and that's all that really counts to be honest. The people that came were ever so nice and the emergency services were all absolutely lovely, I could not fault any one of them."

Tracey has had trouble sleeping since the accident, especially as the farm is situated so close to the train track, and added: "Now when they (train drivers) sound the horn, I just close my eyes and all I can see is the train and I can hear the carriages. …

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