The Land Rover ended up on the Newcastle-Carlisle railway line, near Greenhead, after the initial collision on Wednesday afternoon. The boy suffered potentially life-threatening injuries on impact. Northumbria Police said they now believed another vehicle had left the scene before the train crash.
They said the Land Rover was travelling west on the A69 when it crashed on to the railway line and received a blow from a train . Remained upright Sgt Andy Shotton, from Northumbria Police, said: From witnesses we are led to believe a vehicle may well have left the scene. He said he did not have a colour, make or registration mark for the vehicle.
He appealed for a nurse who had stopped at the scene and the drivers of other vehicles which had been in front of the car which crashed to contact police. He said: I am treating this as a hit and run road traffic collision at this moment until I establish the facts. British Transport Police said the freight train remained upright and on the tracks.
No one else was seriously injured in the crash. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been informed. Northern Rail said all lines between Carlisle and Hexham were blocked following the crash on Wednesday afternoon but services were running normally on Thursday morning.
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