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Range Rover smashes into a 125mph train as it hurtles through level crossing

Terrifying moment stolen Range Rover smashes into a 125mph train as it hurtles through level crossing

  • LNER Azuma train was passing through level crossing near Doncaster at 125mph
  • CCTV captured the moment a speeding Range Rover smashed into the side of it 
  • Both train and car suffered some damage but driver not believed to be injured
  • Police say the vehicle is believed to be stolen and have launched an investigation

Shocking footage has captured the moment a car ploughed into the side of a train hurtling along at 125mph as it was going through a level crossing.

The Range Rover involved in the collision had most of its front ripped off while the LNER high-speed Azuma train suffered dents to its side.

Luckily there were no reported injuries however the incident caused a significant delay to services.  

It is believed that the vehicle was stolen and locals have alleged that a male driver fled the scene following the crash.

South Yorkshire Police are now investigating the incident. 

The CCTV video was recorded at Rossington level crossing in Doncaster, South Yorkshire just after 8pm on Sunday.

The clip shows a white and red LNER Azuma train travelling to Edinburgh Waverley hurtling at high speed as it goes across the crossing which is sealed off by barriers.

The black Range Rover then comes into shot from the left hand side of the screen,  crashing through a metal safety fence and ploughing right into the side of the train.

The collision causes of huge cloud of brown dust with the car being spun round by the force of the impact.

CCTV footage captured the shocking moment a black Range Rover ploughed into the side of a train hurtling along at 125mph as it was going through a level crossing in Doncaster, South Yorks.

The fence and a large metal pole can be seen completely collapsed whilst the bonnet of the car is shown to be severely damaged.

Before the clip ends the car can be seen smoking on the side of the railway track. 

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: ‘We received a report around 8pm on Sunday, 13 June that a vehicle had been in a collision with a train at Rossington.

‘A Range Rover which is believed to have been stolen, left the road from West End Lane, Rossington and crashed through the security fencing at Rossington railway crossing, colliding with a train which was passing by.

The Range Rover involved in the collision had most of its front ripped off while the LNER high-speed Azuma train suffered dents to its side. Luckily no one is believed to have been injured

Photos from a railway worker of the Azuma train taken at a depot show the extend of the damage to its bodywork as well as a smashed window

Photos from a railway worker of the Azuma train taken at a depot show the extend of the damage to its bodywork as well as a smashed window

Photos from a railway worker of the Azuma train taken at a depot show the extend of the damage to its bodywork as well as a smashed window

The damage was also seen by a passenger standing on a platform as the train pulled in

The damage was also seen by a passenger standing on a platform as the train pulled in

‘The driver of the Range Rover left the vehicle and fled the scene. The train continued on the tracks stopping a short time later. There were no injuries reported from the train, although it suffered extensive damage and delays on the line.’

Anybody with information should contact the police on 101 quoting incident number 1015 of 13 June.

MailOnline has approached LNER for comment.

It follows a separate incident at the same level crossing in March when a group of youths were caught on camera trying to lift the crossing’s barrier seconds before a train hurtles past at 125mph.

CCTV footage released last month shows four people stood next to the mechanism with some of them trying to raise it in Rossington, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

It follows a separate incident at the same level crossing in March when a group of youths were caught on camera trying to lift the crossing's barrier seconds before a train hurtles past at 125mph

It follows a separate incident at the same level crossing in March when a group of youths were caught on camera trying to lift the crossing’s barrier seconds before a train hurtles past at 125mph 

Vicki Beadle, Operations Risk Advisor for Network Rail, said the incident was ‘extremely concerning’ and could have resulted in ‘tragic consequences’.

She added that passenger and freight trains travelling on the busy East Coast Main Line reach speeds of 125mph and cannot stop suddenly or swerve out of the way.

Misusing a level crossing can have life-changing, or even fatal, consequences. 

Azuma trains use Japanese bullet train technology and were built by Hitachi’s UK manufacturing team in County Durham.

They travel at speeds of up to 125mph between London, Leeds, York, Newcastle, and Edinburgh and have been designed to connect destinations in a faster and more eco-friendly way.

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