A disabled man who survived being hit by a 100mph train says he wants safety barriers installed at the Kelvedon level crossing.And why was he hit by a train? A malfunction in his mobility scooter, perchance?
Tony Winskill, 43, was sat at the crossing last month when the high-speed train hit the front of his mobility scooter and sent him flying backwards.Ah. No, the malfunction was clearly in the driver…
The father-of-four said: "I didn't realise fast trains go through there as well. Normally I sit there and watch the slow trains go past. "
He’s not a very lucky man.
The accident left him with a fractured left leg and two torn tendons, as well as cuts and bruises. This is not his first clash though, as he was seriously hurt when a Volvo hit him at 65mph a few years ago.Of course, Something Must Be Done:
"Next time it might be a mother and her children," he said.Or, they could just put your mangled scooter there with a sign saying ‘Yes, we mean it.’
"There should be full-length barriers put across to stop anyone getting on the track."
It’s used in Yosemite to warn tourists what’ll happen if you leave food in cars when bears are around, after all.