Learner driver reversed through level crossing barrier and into waiting car

This is the shocking moment when a learner driver stopped on a level crossing then reversed into another car after the barrier had gone down.

Adenike Akingbogun failed to see the flashing lights and barriers and drove on to the tracks.

After the barriers had closed, Akingbogun reversed through them into the car behind her. She had also failed to display 'L' plates on the vehicle, Basildon magistrates were told.

The incident happened on Christmas Eve in Purfleet, Essex, and a video of it was released by British Transport Police.

The 44-year-old, of Monarch Drive, Kemsley, was convicted of dangerous driving and banned from driving for a year. She was also fined £420 and told to pay £85 costs plus a £42 victim surcharge.

The incident caused severe delays to train services and the cost of the barrier repairs topped £1,100.

PC Rob Whyte from British Transport Police said after the case: "This incident sends a clear message to drivers that they must comply with the safety equipment at railway level crossings or they risk endangering their lives, the lives of other road users and passengers on board trains.

"There were substantial delays caused to rail services because of this incident, and it was extremely lucky that nobody was injured. Akingbogun was not a full licence holder and should have been clearly displaying 'L' plates on her car when driving it on the public highway. It is clear to me that her inexperience on the road contributed to this incident."

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