Drivers have been caught on camera disobeying basic safety rules at a level crossing, despite a motorist being killed at the same spot in January.
Harminder Dhillon, 62, from Marston Moretaine, died when his Renault Scenic was hit by a train at the Lidlington level crossing in Bedforshire on January 3.
A CCTV camera has since been installed at the site to assess the levels of misuse. Startling footage shows 11 drivers and pedestrians ignoring the barriers.
One night-time jogger was seen swerving the lower barriers, narrowly avoiding a train with just seconds to spare.
Footage also shows cars rushing the crossing while the red lights were flashing to warn that the barriers were coming down.
Network Rail’s route level crossing manager, Ben Parish, says the company is “shocked” that there is routine misuse at the crossing despite the fact that a motorist died in the very same spot.
He said: “In January, somebody’s father, son, husband or friend was killed because of level crossing misuse. That is one death too many.”
Although Mr Dhillon was the first fatality since 2014 to occur, involving a car-train collision at a level crossing, a second motorist was killed in Gloucestershire on February 7, when his Land Rover was hit by a locomotive.
Colin Cameron, 60, died from multiple injuries when his vehicle was hit by the London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa service at Frampton Mansell near Stroud.
Better late than never
Mr Parish added: “I understand that people lead busy lives and we all have somewhere to be – to get to work, pick the kids up or care for a loved one.
“However, waiting for a crossing to open will only add a few minutes onto your journey. Wouldn’t you rather get to your appointment a few minutes late than not at all?”
Source: ITV News
Date Published: March 23, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown