Families face 12 weeks of delays after pick-up truck overturns and smashes into level crossing

Families in a South Cheshire town face 12 weeks of delays after a pick-up truck overturned and smashed into a level crossing. Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the Talke Road area of Alsager, near the town’s railway station, shortly after 10.35pm last night (June 29). Occupants of the vehicle managed to escape before being checked over by North West Ambulance Service.

But highways chiefs from Cheshire East Council have now confirmed the busy road will be closed for 12 weeks while repair work takes place. A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “Due to an RTC on Sandbach Road South/Audley Road, Alsager at the level crossing, the road has now been closed as there is damage to the level crossing making it unsafe to pass.

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“Following further assessment of the damage at the level crossing, repair works are estimated to take 12 weeks and therefore the road will remain closed for this duration. “We are working alongside Network Rail to create an onsite diversion.”

If you’re on the lookout for local news, we have you covered with our FREE email newsletter – sign up in the box at the top of this story or click here. Network Rail confirmed there had been some delays on services between Kidsgrove and Crewe due to the accident. A spokesman added: “We thank passengers and road users for their patience while our engineers fix the level crossing at Alsager station which was badly damaged by a car at 10:37pm last night.

“The level crossing is being manually controlled so the road and railway can stay open while repairs continue. Passengers are advised to check online before traveling with train services between Crewe and Kidsgrove subject to minor delays.” Crews from Alsager Fire Station tweeted about the incident.

They said: “We attended an RTC, vehicle overturned on the level crossing at Alsager Railway Station.

“Casualty had self extricated and in care of North West Ambulance Service.

Swift work by crews to remove vehicle from tracks.”

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Paramedics confirmed two people received minor injuries in the crash.

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