Drivers dodge through barriers

IDIOTIC drivers who refuse to wait patiently near the scene of a possible murder investigation have today been exposed as they put their lives, and the lives of others, on the line.

IDIOTIC drivers who refuse to wait patiently near the scene of a possible murder investigation have today been exposed as they put their lives, and the lives of others, on the line.

The motorists were spotted swerving in and out of the barriers of a level crossing in Levington, some even risking the lives of children in their cars.

Train traffic around the site in the village where two naked bodies were discovered has been heavily disrupted as detectives undertake painstaking inquires.

So when Evening Star photographer James Fletcher was waiting at the level crossing on Strattonhall Drift in the village yesterday after the bodies were found the motorists around him were getting extremely frustrated as they waited for the barrier to rise.

Mr Fletcher said: “I was going round the back lanes and when I got to the crossing people were parked in their cars and the barriers were down and the lights were flashing.

“A man got out of his car and looked up and down the track. I told them it was stupid to drive across and they were risking their lives.

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“Then one woman went through the barriers and once she'd done it they all did it.

“About five cars went through. It's pathetic and extremely dangerous. What's the point of risking your life in such a blasé way?

“I waited for about three more minutes and then the barriers went up.”

Most of the freight trains travelling along that route would be carrying thousands of tones of cargo. Even though they were slowing down to around 20mph because of a reduced speed limit due to the investigation going on in the area, would probably have needed about 200 yards stopping distance because of their large loads.

Sergeant Bob Munn, a spokesman for the British Transport Police, said: “The barriers there are automatic and only come down when a train is approaching.

“It's dangerous to the point of stupidity and we would always prosecute anyone found doing it.”

He said by swerving in and out of the crossing the motorists were committing two crimes; dangerous driving and failing to comply with red lights and anyone prosecuted would be charged with both.

Meanwhile train passengers in Suffolk are facing continued disruption today while police continue their investigations in the Levington area.

One railway services between Ipswich and Felixstowe have been suspended until at least the close of service today because of delays near the murder scene.

Replacement bus services are in operation along the route and freight trains continue to travel along the route.>

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