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Man sentenced to ten months in prison for endangering safety on the railway - Cambridgeshire

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A farm worker who drove onto a level crossing and was struck by a train has today been sentenced to ten months in prison.

Dimitar Vaclinov, aged 34, of Cambridge Road, Ely, was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court today (28/7) after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to endangering the safety of persons on the railway.

On 12 August last year, Vaclinov drove a Land Rover Discovery onto Nairns Level Crossing, in Stretham, without contacting the railway signal box to get permission.

He was immediately struck by a passenger train travelling at 70mph.

Vaclinov’s car was thrown off the tracks and landed in a ditch to the side of the tracks several yards from the crossing.

Vaklinov was thrown from the vehicle and sustained serious injuries including a broken collar bone and fractured skull.

He was taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge where he remained under treatment for two weeks.

The train driver suffered from shock and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the collision.

Vaclinov, who had worked on the farm where the level crossing was for years, told police that he did know the procedure for using the level crossing.

Investigating officer, Det Sgt Alan Bardlsey, said: “This case highlights the need to comply with safety instructions whilst crossing the railway. Not only did Mr Vaklinov suffer serious life-threatening injuries in the collision but he also ended up in court facing a serious allegation.

“It was extremely lucky that no one else was injured, however the incident was extremely traumatic for the train driver and passengers."

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