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Car's near miss on level crossing

Damaged barrier at Kings Dyke level crossing, Whittlesey Photo: British Transport Police

British Transport Police (BTP) have launched an investigation after a motorist risked a collision with a train by driving through lowered level crossing barriers.

The incident happened at 9.46pm on Monday 24 March at Kings Dyke level crossing in Peterborough Road, Whittlesey.

“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.”

– Detective Constable Sarah Trotter, BTP Peterborough
Railway worker inspects damage to Kings Dyke level crossing barrier Credit: British Transport Police

Officers are now working to identify the driver of the car and are calling on anyone with information, particularly other motorists in the area at the time, to come forward.

“The 17:52 service from Nottingham to Norwich was about half a mile away from the location and around 30 seconds train travelling time away when this car drove through.

“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.”

– Detective Constable Sarah Trotter, BTP Peterborough

Anyone with information is asked to 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 the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.