FEN TRAIN CRASH: Man killed at rail crossing named by British Transport Police

THE identity of the man who died when his car was hit by a train at a level crossing near Welney was released by British Transport Police this afternoon, after an inquest was opened and adjourned.

A BTP spokesman said: “I can confirm that the man who died at Pleasant level crossing, near Downham Market, Norfolk, on Thursday, July 12 has today been named as Rodney Wheeler, aged 64, from Downham Market.

“The incident is currently treated as non-suspicious and Mr Wheeler’s death is thought to have been a tragic accident.”

It is believed that Mr Wheeler was attempting to negotiate a “user-operated” crossing when the collision happened a week ago, and his Kia Sportage car was pushed 400 yards along the track.

A date for the inquest to be resumed at Norwich Coroner’s Court is yet to be fixed, and a file will be prepared by BTP officers.