Microlight crashes on main rail route

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Microlight crashes on main rail route

A microlight has crashed on to the West Coast Main Line near the M6 in Staffordshire.

The microlight hit a gantry on the line before crashing near the village of Yarnfield, about eight miles from Stafford.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said there had been a train in the area at the time of the incident, but it was stopped before reaching the crash site.

The pilot of the microlight, a man in his mid-60s, was airlifted to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham with serious burns to his back and legs and head injuries.

Staffordshire Ambulance Service spokesman Bob Lee said: "His condition is serious, but relatively stable and we are hoping he is going to pull through."

Trains diverted

The microlight is believed to have struck cables over the railway before crashing and exploding, shortly before 1600 BST on Thursday.

Network Rail said power on the track was switched off while the microlight was removed from the vicinity of the track and was restored just before 1700 BST.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said the accident caused "multiple" circuit and signal failures.

The line was closed between Crewe and Stafford while engineers isolated power supplies.

Trains later continued their journeys, some diverting around Stone and Norton Bridge.

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