Watch shocking footage as driver dices with death by ignoring red lights at level crossing

Shocking video has been released showing a car driver ignoring red lights at a level crossing and driving directly in front of an oncoming train on a line which runs between Lancashire anc Cumbria.

Network Rail released the footage of the near-miss at a barrierless level crossing on the Cumbrian Coast line as a safety warning to drivers.

Fortunately, the vehicle made it across without colliding with the Northern service.

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The careless driver crossed Park House Farm level crossing, near Barrow-in-Furness, in front of an approaching train shortly after 12pm on Friday, November 5.

A still image from a Network Rail video showing a driver taking their life in their hands by jumping red lights at a level crossing in Cumbria.

Amanda Leeming, level crossing manager for Network Rail, said: “Not only did this car driver put themselves in serious danger, they also put the train driver and passengers at risk too.

“Our advice is simple – however tempting it is to jump the lights - don’t do it – you’re putting lives at risk.”

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Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “It is only through good fortune that this incident did not result in something far more serious.

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After releasing the video, Network Rail has reissued its guidance on how to use level crossings safely as a driver. Motorists should:

• Always be prepared to stop at the crossing.

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• Understand the warnings (lights, barriers, alarms).

• If the warnings activate, stop – unless it’s unsafe to do so.

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• Remain stationary until all the warnings stop.

• Check that the exit is clear before driving across.

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For more information and resources on how to use all types of level crossings safely, visit