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Reckless bus driver smashes through barriers at level crossing

A reckless bus driver ignored warnings and smashed through barriers at a level crossing in north London.

Credit: British Transport Police

Emil Koranteng, 25, tried to zig zag his way over the crossing in Northumberland Park as the barriers were lowering.

He struck one of the booms so hard it ended up on the floor causing nearly £50,000 of damage. The bus was out of service and not carrying any passengers.

Credit: British Transport Police

Koranteng was fined and banned from driving for 15 months and will have to re-take his driving test.

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This was foolish and outright dangerous behaviour from this bus driver. He put his own life and the lives of rail users at risk by driving so dangerously.

After the incident, the broken barrier was left on the floor and the level crossing was exposed meaning any pedestrians could have walked onto the tracks.

I am very pleased that we were able to identify Koranteng and bring him before the courts.

As this case shows, frustratingly, people are still risking their lives on level crossings by ignoring the warning signs and crossing the tracks when it is not safe. Sadly, our officers know the tragedy families are faced with after a loved one is killed at a level crossing and we don’t want anyone else to have to experience that.

What may seem like a quick short cut, or a bit of fun, can leave devastation and heartbreak for families.

– Inspector Steve Webster, British Transport Police