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Woman who left car on railway crossing cleared partly due to lack of warning signs

13th August 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

The importance of having appropriate warning signs in place has been highlighted after a woman was cleared of endangering lives on a railway track partly because no warning signs were in place.

According to, the woman abandoned her company car on a railway crossing at Welland Bank in Deeping because she thought it was disused.

The jury at Lincoln Crown Court heard that the woman got lost driving home early in the morning and ended up on a single track road.

But as the gates had been left open, and as she never saw any warning signs, the woman drove onto the rail crossing and lost control of the car due to torrential rain.

Unable to move the vehicle, which became stuck, she walked to a main road and caught a taxi to Peterborough.

The woman denied endangering the lives of railway passengers and was cleared at the end of the three-day trial.

Warning signs installed at the site could have helped stop vehicles entering the area.


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