King’s Dyke, UK: Police hunt motorist who crashed through lowered barriers seconds before a train arrived

28 Mar

British Transport Police (BTP) has issued an appeal for information that will allow them to track-down a motorist who crashed through lowered level crossing barriers seconds before a train passed-over the crossing.

The incident happened at 21.46 on March 24th, 2014 at King’s Dyke level crossing in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.

DC Sarah Trotter, from BTP’s Peterborough station, said: “The barriers were in the down position with the red lights flashing on both sides of the crossing to signal an oncoming train.

“A grey saloon car approached regardless and drove through the first barrier, damaging it, before continuing to drive over the crossing. The force of the vehicle also pushed the second barrier on the opposite side up.

“The car then drove off in the direction of Whittlesey” as a passenger train approached

DC Trotter said: “Luckily the signalman at the crossing was able to contact the train driver who in turn applied his brakes, by which time the car had cleared the crossing and made off.

“However, the actions of the car driver showed a complete disregard for the safety of both himself and those on the train, and the consequences could have been far more serious.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 , or by text 61016, quoting background LNA/B6 of 27/03/14. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

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