Four-year-old Emma Lifsey dies after train accident at Misson Springs, near Gainsborough
A four-year-old girl from North Lincolnshire has died after the car she was travelling in was hit by a train at a level crossing near Gainsborough.
Emma Lifsey from Haxey was airlifted to Sheffield Children's Hospital but died in the early hours of this morning.
The car was hit by a Lincoln to Doncaster train at Beech Hill crossing on Springs Road at Misson Springs, yesterday at around 12:30pm. No-one on the train was injured.
The driver, a 67-year-old woman, received neck injuries and bruising and has been taken to hospital in Doncaster, where she remains in a stable condition.
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In a statement issued through the British Transport Police, Emma's parents, Mark and Zoe Lifsey, from Haxey in North Lincolnshire, said: "Emma meant the world to us.
"She was our much-loved daughter and a baby sister to her 11-year-old brother Jack.
"We are still trying to come to terms with the terrible incident on Tuesday afternoon and there are no words that can properly express how utterly distraught we are.
"We would like to thank everyone for the many messages of sympathy and support we have received.
"As you can appreciate, this tragic incident has left us shocked and devastated and we would ask that we can be left to grieve in private at this acutely difficult and sad time for us."
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: "The police investigation into the incident is ongoing and remains very much in the early stages.
"Officers are working hard to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, including how the vehicle came to be on the tracks at the time.
"This will include speaking to any witnesses to the incident, while specialist officers will also look at evidence from the scene and the car in question, a black Volvo which has now been recovered."