Network Rail is warning drivers to be patient at Essex level crossings following two incidents on the same day.
Footage released by Network Rail shows a careless driver jump the red lights at the Manningtree crossing earlier this month on the A137 Ipswich Road.
A second incident happened on the same day about ten miles away at East Gates crossing in Colchester.
In this incident, a car went through the red, flashing lights and a second driver completely disregarded the signals and dangerously raced across the tracks as the barriers were descending.
What did the officials say?
Rupert Lown, Network Rail Anglia’s director of safety, said:
“Level crossings if not used properly can be dangerous due to the fast-moving trains.
“Barriers and lights are there to protect drivers from the oncoming trains which travel up to 100 mph on those particular lines. Drivers should not be risking their lives and the lives of others by ignoring red lights and racing to get through the barriers.
“I would urge drivers to be patient at the crossings. These drivers were extremely lucky no one was injured, but the outcome could be very different next time.”