Footage has been release showing the moment a lorry smashed through a railway crossing barrier moments before a train was due to pass.

Network Rail shared the CCTV footage after the incident in Hartlebury, Worcestershire, which happened shortly before 10am today (Friday 22 November).

It caused disruption to passengers travelling between Kidderminster and Stourbridge while Network Rail engineers worked to fix the barrier by 2.30pm.

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “Barriers at our crossings are there to keep motorists and train passengers safe. This lorry driver damaged our crossing, delayed train passengers and put their life and the lives of others at risk. 

“Although it might be tempting to jump the lights or race through the barriers our message is simple – just wait. Better to be safe than sorry.”

Drivers are always advised to:

  • If the warnings activate, stop – unless it’s unsafe to do so.
  • Remain stationary until all the warnings stop.
  • Check that our exit is clear before driving across.

For more information on level crossing safety visit www.networkrail.co.uk/level-crossings-for-drivers/

Witnesses to this incident are urged to contact British Transport Police by texting 61016 or completing this online form.