Railway gates damaged at Fenland level crossing after car crashes through barriers moments before train passes

PUBLISHED: 12:35 28 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:33 28 March 2014

The damage to the railway gates after the car crashed through the level crossing.

The damage to the railway gates after the car crashed through the level crossing.

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British Transport Police have called for the public’s help to trace a car which crashed through lowered level crossing barriers in Fenland moments before a train passed.

The damage to the railway gates after the car crashed through the level crossing. The damage to the railway gates after the car crashed through the level crossing.

The incident happened at 9.46pm on Monday at King’s Dyke level crossing in Whittlesey.

Det Con Sarah Trotter, from British Transport Police Peterborough, 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.”

An engineer looks at the damage to the gate after a car crashed through the lowered barriers. An engineer looks at the damage to the gate after a car crashed through the lowered barriers.

The 5.52pm service from Nottingham to Norwich was about half a mile away from the level crossing when the car drove through the gates.

Det Con 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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