Police Investigate HGV Stuck Under Wigginton Level Crossing
5:24pm 11th August 2014
British Transport Police (BTP) officers are calling on the public for information after a near miss at Wigginton level crossing in York.
Just before 10am on Monday, 4 August, a Liverpool to Scarborough service was travelling through the area when a motorist risked a collision with the train by driving through the barriers as they were lowering at the level crossing in Wigginton Road.
PC Nick Storey said: "The barriers were closing as a heavy goods vehicle approached, coming down onto the truck's trailer, trapping it a matter of metres from the crossing and the passing train."
"The train passed through the crossing unscathed and fortunately did not make contact with the vehicle, a blue Scania heavy-haulage truck."
"No damage was caused to the truck or the crossing and luckily no one was injured. Network Rail staff attended the incident, and it is believed the vehicle drove off in the direction of the nearby Nestle factory."
Officers are now working to identify the driver of the vehicle and are calling on anyone with information, particularly other motorists who were in the area at the time, to come forward.
PC Storey added: "The fact that the vehicle became stuck very likely prevented the driver from driving over the crossing while the train was approaching and, as a result, more serious consequences were avoided."
"However, the actions of the driver showed a complete disregard for the safety of both himself and those on the train."
Vicki Beadle, community safety manager for Network Rail, said: "Using a level crossing in this way is not only against the law, but puts the driver's life in danger."
"When the sirens and lights sound at a crossing, you should not attempt to drive or walk across it. I understand it can be frustrating waiting for trains to pass at level crossings, but please be patient, wait for the trains to pass and for the crossing to open and clear. Trying to rush across could possibly mean more delays for everyone."
"It is never worth the risk. Even if you manage to cross without getting hurt, misusing level crossings can cause delays to train services and other people."
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or by text 61016, quoting background PSUB/B3 of 11/08/14. Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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