Could signal failure have caused fatal accident on level crossing?

A motorist was killed in an accident on a level crossing at Langdorp, near Aarschot in Flemish Brabant on Thursday evening. The car the motorist, a man of 20 from Aarschot, was travelling in was hit by a freight train. It is probable that the accident happened as a result of a signal failure. The gates of the level crossing had failed to close. The two passengers in the car, a woman of 18 and a man aged 21 escaped with minor injuries. The car was pushed more than 100 metres by the train.    

Police received a reports that a car had been hit by a freight train at around 10:30pm.

According to an eye-witness the gates of the level-crossing were not closed when the accident happed. This has been confirmed by the initial findings of the accident investigator appointed by the judicial authorities.

The forensic lab and a police surgeon are also working on the investigation. The investigation centres on whether or not the accident was caused by signal failure. By Friday morning the track had been cleared and there was no further disruption to rail services. 

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