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Vehicle plunges 20ft off bridge by railway line near Taunton
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- Incident happened at 11.17am near Norton Fitzwarren
- Car crashed off bridge and landed next to a railway line
- Female driver suffered head injuries but not seriously hurt
- West Somerset Railway Spring Gala briefly disrupted
A Somerset County Council spokesman said: “There has been some superficial damage to the Norton Railway Bridge which we will repair as soon as possible.
"One coping stone has been knocked out from a parapet and two others dislodged.”
THE scene of the incident on the B3227 has been cleared and the road is open as normal.
THE crash is the second railway-related incident to happen in Somerset in the space of two days.
A man, believed to be local and in his 60s, died on Thursday morning after his car was struck by a train at a level crossing in Athelney, near Langport.
Car plummeted off bridge & through a hedge onto the West Somerset Railway line at Norton Fitzwarren.She's unhurt, WSR spring gala continues.— @GazettePHill 22 March 2013
A SPOKESMAN for South-West Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 11.19am to reports of a single vehicle that had come off the road before the Allerford Inn at Norton Fitzwazrren.
"Two ambulances were sent and found a single female patient in her early 20s. She was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital with head injuries but these are not life-threatening or life-changing."
THE woman driver of a car that crashed off a bridge onto a railway line has walked away unscathed.
She ploughed through a fence beside the bridge on the Milverton side of the main road at Norton Fitzwarren, and plummeted 20 feet down onto the track below.
Her Ford Fiesta was written off, but she was able to get out, although she was taken to hospital for a check up.
Paul Conibeare, general manager of the West Somerset Railway, which owns the line, said she was not believed to have been seriously injured.
He added: "She was coming from Milverton and ended up going through the hedgerow and onto the railway line, across the clavert.
"Thankfully, she walked away unscathed."
Mr Conibeare said the car had been removed from the track and the WSR's steam gala, which started on Thursday and ends on Sunday, has resumed after a brief break.
Due to a problem at Norton Fitzwarren it will not be possible for the rest of today to turn locos on the Triangle.— @WSomRailway 22 March 2013
IN a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: "We were alerted to a collision on Norton Bridge at around 11.17am this morning.
"A car had left the road and come to rest near to a railway line.
"Highways and the Council are in attendance."
No-one was seriously injured.