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Level crossing damaged by reversing lorry

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A level crossing in Stoke-on-Trent has been damaged by a lorry reversing over it as the barriers came down. One barrier was torn from its mountings.

The incident, which took place near Wedgewood station at 12:30 on Thursday 7 October, was caught on CCTV.

The reversing lorry impacts the barrier as it descends, tearing it from its mountings.

It resulted in the West Coast main line being closed between Stoke and Crewe, though fortunately Network Rail engineers were quick to make repairs and the line was open again by 14:00.

James Dean, Network Rail.

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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