Network Rail has revealed unbelievable CCTV footage of a lorry reversing into a level crossing tearing off a barrier in the process.
The incident took place on Thursday the 7th of October at 12:30pm at Wedgewood Station level.
The footage shows the HGV slowly reversing over the railway lines as the barriers come down on top of the lorry. The knock-on effect of the incident saw disruption for passengers travelling on the West Coast mainline between Crewe and Stoke.
Luckily, Network Rail engineers were able to work at great speed to repair the damaged barrier, completing the work by 2pm that afternoon.
Drivers are always advised to:
- Never reverse over a level crossing
- Be prepared to stop at the crossing
- If the warnings activate, stop – unless it’s unsafe to do so.
- Remain stationary until all the warnings stop.
- Check that the exit is clear before driving across.
- Understand the warnings (lights, barriers, alarms) – for more information about warnings download the level crossing for drivers pdf.
For further information on level crossing safety visit:
Any witnesses to the incident are asked to get in touch with British Transport Police by texting 61016 or complete this online form.
James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast South route director, said: “It’s almost unbelievable that this lorry driver decided to reverse over this level crossing, putting not only them but also the oncoming train and its passengers in danger.
“It’s not advice we usually need to give but now we must also stress to motorists to never reverse over a level crossing as you won’t see the warning lights. For those driving in the correct direction, our advice remains as it always has – although it might be tempting to jump the lights or race through the barriers – don’t – please just wait.”
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