A MAN airlifted to hospital following an incident at a level crossing in South Derbyshire was a railway worker, it has been confirmed.
Police were called to the Egginton level crossing, in Egginton Road, near Hilton, just before 3pm yesterday after reports of a man lying semi-conscious on the crossing.
Due to the man being lain stricken on the tracks, calls were frantically made to stop trains going through the crossing.
A spokesman for Derbyshire police told the Mail the man had been hit by a vehicle at the crossing, with British Transport Police later saying he had been injured by a crossing barrier.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to following a report that a man had been injured by one of the crossing barriers.
“Officers from BTP and Derbyshire Constabulary officers attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 2.54pm.
“Medics from the East Midlands Ambulance Service also attended, and the man was airlifted to hospital in Stoke with serious head and chest injuries."
A spokesman for East Midlands Trains confirmed that its services were affected for a short time while the crossing was closed.
They said: “Train services were disrupted in the area for about 30 minutes affecting just two train services.”
The A5132 has remained closed either side of the crossing since the incident, and it could be closed for some time.
A Network Rail spokesman confirmed the victim did work for them as a crossing keeper.
They 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.
Witnesses are being sought to the incident and they are being asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 405040 quoting reference 304 of 20/08/13.