Sandbach schoolboy Alex Rixon hurt in horror train crash
AN 11-YEAR-OLD boy was last night fighting for his life in hospital after his family's car careered on to a railway line and was hit by a train.
Alex Rixon was given just a couple of hours to live after suffering severe head injuries in the crash on December 5.
But Alex, who attends Sandbach School, has defied medics and was last night said to be in a 'stable' condition in hospital.
The crash happened on the A69 in Northumberland, as Alex travelled to a family funeral with his mother and his 15-year-old brother, Spencer.
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Police believe the family's Range Rover was forced off the road in a 'hit-and-run' accident and ended up on the railway line where it was hit by a freight train.
Alex's mother and Spencer escaped the crash with minor injuries.
Writing on his Facebook page, Spencer said: "Mum and I escaped with virtually no injuries, but unfortunately my brother felt the full impact of the train.
"The doctor initially gave him two hours to live, but he is still fighting and we are hoping for the best.
"We are still unsure as to the extent of his brain damage, but whatever the damage, me and my family will not care and we will adapt to look after him, as all we want is for him to come back to us."
Northumbria Police are trying to piece together how the crash happened.
It is thought that the Range Rover swerved to avoid a car coming in the opposite direction on the wrong side of the road.
A police spokesman said: "A black Range Rover left the road and crashed on to the railway line where it hit the side of a freight train.
"It does not appear that the Range Rover was struck by the other vehicle before swerving off the road, however, we are treating this as a hit-and-run.
"We are now making inquiries to trace this vehicle.
"The crash has had a devastating effect on the family involved.
"The 11-year-old suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.
"He remains in a critical condition with potentially life-threatening injuries. The mother and a 15-year-old boy were treated for minor injuries."
The freight train, which "remained upright and on the tracks" following the crash, stopped further down the line.
Three other people were treated for slight injuries.
The accident is also being investigated by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.
Sandbach School yesterday declined to comment on the accident.