Motorist risks death after zig zagging through closed South Lakeland train barrier (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Motorist risks death after zig zagging through closed South Lakeland train barrier
2:49pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A MOTORIST risked death by zig zagging through a closed level crossing as a train approached, British Transport Police have said.
The incident happened shortly before 2.30pm on Friday October 18 at Staveley level crossing on Kendal Road.
The train driver had to apply the emergency brakes and it was only through 'good fortune' there was not a serious incident, Sergeant David Grant said.
He added: "As the 2pm Windermere to Oxenholme train approached the crossing, the lights flashed and the barriers began to fall.
"A car stopped at the barriers, but a second car – believed to be a champagne coloured Ford Mondeo – refused to wait and went around the stationary car and the barriers, narrowly avoiding the oncoming train.
Sgt Grant is now working to identify the driver of the Ford Mondeo and is calling on anyone with information, particularly other motorists in the area at the time, to come forward.
He added: "The Mondeo was travelling from Staveley towards the A591 and it is likely that it is either owned by a local resident or the driver was visiting someone in the area. I am certain that someone will hold vital information about the vehicle and its driver and I call on them to come forward.
"Similarly, I would like to hear from two other motorists who were at the crossing at the time of the incident. They must have clearly seen what happened and, as well as being key witnesses, may hold vital information about the Mondeo."
If you can assist the investigation in any way call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log B10/NWA of 22/10/13.
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