A driver escaped yesterday after his car collided with a Metro train on a level crossing.

The car became sandwiched between the train and a metal barrier at Callerton Parkway, a short distance from Newcastle airport.

The driver, a 44-year-old man, managed to get out of the car through a back window. Rail services were suspended for a short time following the lunchtime crash.

The Metro operator Nexus said tests showed the warning signals at the level crossing were in working order.