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Video shows concrete mixer truck seconds from crash with 60mph train

Jul 01, 2023

The lorry was waved over the crossing by a railway worker, despite the red lights flashing

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Dramatic footage shows the moment a concrete mixer lorry came within seconds of being struck by a passenger train travelling at 60mph.

According to a report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), the lorry was waved over the crossing by a railway worker, despite the red lights flashing.

The shocking footage shows the lorry driver driving halfway into the tracks, before reversing.

However, when it tried to reverse, it got stuck as the closing barrier descended, forcing workers to lift it back up.

Just six seconds after it become untangled and reversed to safety, the speeding passenger-train whizzed past.

The train, that was coming from London Fenchurch Street through Mucking, Essex, on March 13, did not apply the brakes.

Simon French, chief inspector of rail accidents, said it was almost a "disaster", and added that both Network Rail and Amey Inabensa, who are working together to electrify mainline train routes, had "addressed the factors" to stop it happening again.

He said: "This report describes a near-miss that could so easily have turned into a disaster.

"Safety at automatic level crossings depends on users following the Highway Code, and not entering the crossing after the flashing lights and audible signals have started.

"In this case the driver of a lorry loaded with concrete followed hand signals from a railway worker and drove his vehicle onto the crossing as the lights began to flash.

"The lorry reversed clear just six seconds before a train passed.

"It only takes one concrete mixer to create the conditions for a catastrophic accident.

"Although the road vehicle driver had a legal duty to stop at the red flashing lights, in this case he should not have been put in such a position by taking his lead from a railway worker waving him on."