Rail collision girl, four, has died

News Shopper: Police at a railway crossing near the village of Blaxton, north Nottinghamshire, where a girl sustained fatal injuries Police at a railway crossing near the village of Blaxton, north Nottinghamshire, where a girl sustained fatal injuries

A four-year-old girl who was seriously injured when the car she was in collided with a train has died in hospital.

British Transport Police said Emma Lifsey, who was airlifted to Sheffield Children's Hospital following the collision, was pronounced dead in the early hours of Wednesday.

In a statement, Emma's parents, Mark and Zoe Lifsey, aged 40 and 38 and from Haxey, 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."

The collision happened at Beech Hill crossing, Springs Road, Misson Springs, Nottinghamshire. The driver, a 67-year-old woman, was taken to hospital in nearby Doncaster with neck injuries and bruising. She remains in hospital in a stable condition.

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. The train, a Lincoln to Doncaster service, was damaged but remained upright and on the tracks. There have been no reports of injuries to passengers or staff on board."

East Midlands Trains, which runs the Lincoln to Doncaster service, offered its condolences to Emma's family and said it is working closely with the police and Network Rail to support the investigation.

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