Moped riders risk lives by going through closing level crossing

A video showing two young moped riders recklessly going across a rail crossing while the gates were closing has been released by National Rail as a stark warning.

The CCTV footage from the Navigation Road crossing in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, shows the barrier coming down and clipping the passenger on the moped, with the rider then losing control of the vehicle, on what appears to be a wet road.

The rider fails to recover from the slide and hits the barrier on the far side, sending both of them to the ground. Both then ride away, apparently unhurt.

This video was released as statistics from National Rail showed that despite the UK having the safest rail network in Europe, there were more than 2,000 incidents reported at level crossings involving teenagers and young adults in the past five years.

Ben Parish, route level crossing manager for National Rail, told the Manchester Evening News: "This selfish duo had callous neglect for the safety of themselves and others by ignoring the barriers and flashing signals.

"Level crossing barriers and warning lights are there to help road users, pedestrians and railway users stay safe. Misusing crossings in this way could result in serious injury or worse.

"I can't emphasise strongly enough the importance of safe and sensible level crossing use."

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