Southampton, UK: Bus straddles crossing as a train approaches

2 Oct

A bus and a train had a close encounter of the wrong kind in Southampton when a bus straddled the active open Canute Road level crossing of the branch line to Eastern Docks as a train approached. The bus driver appears to have entered and stopped  within the yellow box that delineates the area where vehicles cannot stop and must only enter when their exit from the box is clear.

Witness reports have said that the crossing lights and audible warnings were operating correctly at the time of the incident which saw the train stop just a few metres from the rear of the bus. Investigations have been initiated by both the bus company (First) and British Transport Police.

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