INVESTIGATORS into an incident on a South Derbyshire level crossing have been unable to speak to a railway worker airlifted from the scene as he remains in hospital nearly three weeks on.
However, the British Transport Police (BTP) have issued a female motorist involved in the incident at the crossing near Hilton on August 20 with a notice of ‘impending prosecution’.
A 49-year-old Network Rail worker from Nottingham, who was manning the A5132 crossing when the incident happened, was airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire with serious head and chest injuries.
A spokesman for the BTP told the Mail the worker’s condition was improving but he has not yet been up to questioning.
He said: “The man in hospital is still not in a fit state to be questioned about the incident so we can’t do anything until that point as what he says influences what action we take against the driver.
“We have informed the car driver that something will progress and we will now wait until the man is in a better condition.
“His condition is absolutely paramount to us and we definitely do not want to go in there and shock him.
“His condition is improving but he will be kept in hospital for a few weeks at least.”
The crossing keeper is believed to have been injured by the crossing barrier following a road traffic collision.
The A5132 remained closed either side of the crossing for almost a week after the incident, which initially saw trains brought to a halt for half an hour.
The crossing barrier was so badly damaged that it has had to be replaced but the crossing is now back in working order and the road reopened.