AN INVESTIGATION is under way to discover how a 60mph passenger train ploughed into a tractor and trailer at a level crossing near Chirk.
A 23-year-old tractor driver had to be airlifted to Wrexham Maelor Hospital following the accident on Saturday evening, but his condition is not thought to be serious.
It is thought he had head and chest injuries and a fractured wrist.
The Arriva Wales train driver had to be treated for shock and 17 train passengers had to complete their journeys by bus.
One female passenger suffered minor neck injuries.
A doctor from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital was on board and assisted ambulance crews.
The accident happened at the half barrier level crossing on the railway line at Station Road in Weston Rhyn, Shropshire, just before 5pm.
Fourteen rail services had to be cancelled and alternative bus services provided.
Some services on Sunday were also disrupted.
The 16.46 Arriva Wales light passenger train, travelling from Gobowen to Chester, was approaching the level crossing at Weston Rhyn when the driver spotted the tractor and trailer unit on the line and applied the emergency brakes.
A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “He was unable to avoid a collision. The tractor driver, believed to be a local man, had to be airlifted to the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
“The 17 passengers had to be escorted off the service.
“Anyone who has information or witnessed the accident is asked to contact BTP on payphone 0800 405040.”
Two ambulances, four paramedic officers, a rapid response vehicle and the county air ambulance from Cosford were sent by the West Midlands and Welsh Ambulance services to the scene of the accident.
The train did not derail despite the force of the collision, which destroyed the tractor.