Friday 13 Aug 2021
Shocking CCTV films car inches away from striking train on level crossing
Shocking video has been released showing a car driver ignoring red lights at a level crossing and driving directly in front of an oncoming train in the Lake District.
Network Rail today (Friday 13 August) released the footage of the near miss at a barrierless level crossing on the Windermere branch line at Burneside as a safety warning to drivers.
The car was so close to being struck the camera angle only captures its roof as it blindly drives straight over the tracks.
Fortunately the vehicle made it across without colliding with the Northern service.
The incident, shortly after 9am on 29 July, has been described by senior railway staff as one of the closest near misses they’ve ever seen.
Simon Shipperd, level crossing manager for Network Rail, said: “Not only did this car driver put themselves in serious danger, they also put the train driver and passengers at risk too.
“This is careless driving on a shocking level. Our advice is simple – however tempting it is to jump the lights - don’t do it – you’re putting lives at risk.”
Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “It’s unbelievable that anyone would take such risks at level crossings.
“The potential impact of such a risk is catastrophic and it is only through good fortune that this incident did not result in something far more serious.
“It is vital that road users and pedestrians respect crossings and follow all instructions to ensure they are used safely. When people refuse to follow the rules we will continue to work with Network Rail and British Transport Police to help trace those responsible.”
After releasing the video, Network Rail has reissued its guidance on how to use level crossings safely as a driver.
- Always be prepared to stop at the crossing.
- Understand the warnings (lights, barriers, alarms).
- If the warnings activate, stop – unless it’s unsafe to do so.
- Remain stationary until all the warnings stop.
- Check that the exit is clear before driving across.
For more information and resources on how to use all types of level crossings safely, visit www.networkrail.co.uk/level-crossing-safety/
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