On the first day of public operation since the January storms, a Wensleydale Railway train has been involved in serious collision with a private car on the Northallerton West section of the line at Yafforth Crossing. The incident occurred at about 2pm when the three carriage train, pulled by a Class 27 locomotive, collided with a Toyota car on the level crossing about a mile west of the station, between Northallerton West and Scruton. The car was severely damaged, and one person (believed to be the driver) was taken to hospital by air ambulance. No-one on the train was injured. I can confirm that the train slowed to a crawl as it approached the open crossing, and sounded its horn. Moments later, an emergency brake application was made. From my position in the second carriage, the crossing lights and sirens appeared to be working , and continued for several minutes after the collision. Emergency services were quickly on the scene, although the road remained closed for several hours. Passengers were later transferred by coach to Leeming Bar station.