A CROSSING keeper remains in a ‘stable’ condition in hospital after an incident which is set to keep a main road closed for the foreseeable future.
The Network Rail employee suffered serious head and chest injuries and was airlifted to hospital after the incident at the level crossing in Egginton Road, near Hilton, on Tuesday afternoon.
Investigations are ongoing into exactly what happened but it is believed the man was injured by one of the crossing barriers after a crash involving a car.
A spokesman for the British Transport Police confirmed it will be looking at CCTV images and speaking to all witnesses as it tries to find the exact cause.
The A5132 has remained closed either side of the crossing since the incident, which initially saw trains brought to a halt for half an hour.
A Network Rail spokesman said: “A member of Network Rail staff was seriously injured in a road traffic incident at Hilton level crossing on the line between Derby and Tutbury. The individual is receiving hospital treatment.
“The crossing gates were badly damaged and are likely to have to be replaced.
“These are not off-the-shelf items and the road will remain closed for safety reasons until the crossing is fully operational.
“We apologise for any inconvenience and would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact the police.”
The age of the victim has still not been released, but police have confirmed he is from the Nottingham area.
A witness to the aftermath of the incident, who wished not to be named, told the Mail there had been a great deal of concern for the victim.
He said: “The first time I became aware of what happened was when I saw all the commotion.
“There were a number of people down there attending to the guy who was on the floor.
“The ambulance and police arrived and shut the road off and there was a lot of congestion with lorries trying to turn round.
“It seemed to be about 20 minutes before the air ambulance arrived and landed just next to the tracks.”
Anyone with information should call British Transport police on 0800 405040 quoting reference 304 of 20/08/13.