The driver of a van which was involved in a collision with a passenger train at a level-crossing in Co Galway this morning had what is being described as a 'miraculous escape'.

It is understood the van drove through an automatic level-crossing controlled by lights and high-pitched sirens at Gurraun, about 1km from the village of Oranmore.

The train hit the rear of the van a glancing blow and pushed it off the track. However, the van driver was able to walk from the scene.

Iarnród Éireann said all of the warning systems at the automatic crossing appeared to have been working correctly and it is now carrying out a full investigation into what it described as 'a very serious accident'.

The man is in a stable condition at University College Hospital in Galway.

The level-crossing in question has been the scene of a number of accidents, including one in which two girls were killed 20 years ago.