A PENSIONER has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a passenger train hit a van on a crossing near Bradford on Avon this morning.

The crash happened at about 9.15am at Glasses crossing, between Freshford and Bath Spa stations and involved the 8.50am Bristol Temple Meads to Salisbury service, run by South West Trains, and a red VW van.

British Transport Police confirmed a 72 year old man has been arrested and taken to Bath Police Station for questioning.

There were no injuries reported on the train and no one was in the van at the time of impact.

The crash has resulted in disruption to rail services run by First Great Western and South West Trains this morning, with some services cancelled and hundreds of passengers left stranded on west Wiltshire railway station platforms.

The van has been removed from the line and the affected train is using one engine to reach a depot in Salisbury where it will be repaired.

Services are starting to return to normal.