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.
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.
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.