Crash with miniature train leaves one dead

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The crash in Coast Drive, near Dungeness, Kent, involved a train from the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. The person has not been identified.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Kent Police are investigating a collision involving a car and a miniature railway. The collision occurred at approximately 6.20pm. There has been a fatality as a result of the collision but we are unable to confirm any further details at this stage."

A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said last night: "A car has gone into a light railway train. We're still trying to extricate the casualty."

The railway covers a distance of 13.5 miles from Hythe to Dungeness, in the east of the county.

The railway has a fleet of one-third full-size steam and diesel locomotives, which its website says "have been built to run safely at speeds of 25mph on rails only 15 inches apart".