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Learner driver banned after driving through level crossing and reversing into car behind her

A learner driver has been banned before even passing her test for driving through level crossing barriers and then reversing into the car behind her.

Credit: BTP

Adenike Akingbogun made the dangerous manoeuvre after ignoring the crossing lights and driving onto the tracks. When the barriers closed, she reversed straight into the car behind her, crushing their bonnet.

The 44-year-old from Sittingbourne, Kent, has now been fined more than £500 and banned from driving for a year after the accident on Christmas Eve last year in Purfleet, Essex.

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Akingbogun held a provisional licence and, although she was accompanied by a full licence holder, she was not displaying the 'L' plates legally required.

She was ordered to pay £420 in fines, costs of £85, victim services of £42 and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

The cost of repairing the barrier was more than £1,100 and it caused significant delays to train services.

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This incident sends a clear message to drivers that they must comply with the safety equipment at railway level crossings or they risk endangering their lives, the lives of other road users and passengers on board trains.

There were substantial delays caused to rail services because of this incident, and it was extremely lucky that nobody was injured.

Akingbogun was not a full licence holder and should have been clearly displaying L plates on her car when driving it on the public highway.

It is clear to me that her inexperience on the road contributed to this incident.

– PC Rob Whyte, BTP