Train collides with abandoned car in Staffordshire

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A quick-witted train driver managed to slow a train down after spotting a car abandoned across the tracks – but still ploughed into it at over 70mph.

Jonathan Mather drove and left his car across train lines at Clay Mills Crossing in Staffordshire, putting the vehicle right in the path of any approaching locomotive.

The train in question was travelling between Derby and Burton on Trent, carrying 40 passengers. Travelling at 100mph, the driver spotted the stationary car in time, slowing down to 70mph which lessened the severity of the impact. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Mather has recently been jailed for 6 and a half years after pleading guilty to maliciously endangering the safety of railway passengers.

Speaking at Stafford Crown Court, Judge Mark Eades said that the offence was: "A terrible crime which had threatened the safety of people going about their daily business using trains travelling at high speeds.

Speaking to Mather, Eades said: "It was fortuitous that no one was badly hurt. For all you knew there could have been multiple deaths had the train been derailed."