This driver had a lucky escape after becoming trapped on a York level crossing moments before a high-speed train sped past only feet from the vehicle.Darwin loses again…
In 2006 the crossing was highlighted as one of the worst in Yorkshire for drivers risking their lives by dodging the lights and driving over the tracks, although it is not known if this was the cause of Thursday night’s incident.Not that it’s stopped any of the local councillors in their ‘something must be done!’ mode, of course:
Clifton ward Councillor, Ken King, said when the lights were on amber, drivers must stop.Yes. Yes, they must, Ken. Thanks for your contribution to today’s collection of statements of the bleedin’ obvious…
Oh, wait. He’s not finished:
However, he said: “It’s no good them (the barriers) coming down when the lights are on amber. Maybe that’s something they should look at. There’s some safety issue there and it needs looking at.”It might be that the fault is down to the driver of the car, though? And not the railway? Did that occur to you?
It clearly didn’t occur to your fellow councillor, who is going to ridiculous lengths to excuse the motorist on the grounds of ‘distraction’:
Fellow Clifton councillor David Scott said: “There’s a change of speed limit…Yes, so? We don’t have constant speed limits, they change all the time.
… and there’s a bend...Oooh, a bend!
Again, yes, these happen frequently on the roads, and shouldn’t prove ‘distracting’ to anyone.
… and there’s Nestlé coming up in your sightline. Maybe it’s just too many distractions.”Ok, what?
The Nestlé factory is ‘a distraction’? To whom, and why? Does it revolve? Flash lights? Offer free chocolate to passing motorists?
And even if it did all of those things, is there any indication that this wasn’t a local driver, expected to be quite used to such a sight?
Someone who knows the area help me out - what is so potentially distracting about a factory that it might make you unaware of the level crossing?