UPDATE: Lorry crashes cause disruption to rail services

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Two separate crashes involving lorries caused long delays to rail services today.

Network Rail said at about 10.30am a bridge over the A24 was hit by lorry travelling northbound on the dual-carriageway.

Police and rail engineers attended the scene.

Trains were reduced to a slower speed while travelling over the bridge as assessment works were carried out.

Network Rail said services were back to normal by 12pm.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We are sorry for any delays to passengers and road users this morning. The bridge has the required signage in place to alert drivers of the height of the bridge – in this case, unfortunately, it seems the driver was not aware of the danger.”

Half-an-hour later another lorry collided with a level crossing in Adversane causing delays between Horsham and Pulborough.

Network Rail said no-one was injured in the crash but the barrier was damaged.

Police closed the road while engineers repaired the barrier.

It was re-opened just after 2pm however, disruption to trains continued until around 3pm.