Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

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Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby wobblybob » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:18 pm

From the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-16640983

Note the car driver's, probably unintended, confessional comments - my paraphrasing highlighted:

Driver Sarah Frampton, 28, of St Newlyn East said she had not seen the warning and was "lucky to be alive".

No-one was injured in the collision. She said: "I've been rushed off my feet all day and was not aware that there was a warning at the crossing. <Perhaps I shouldn't have been driving in these circumstances.>

"I don't often come down that road. I was travelling fairly slowly and out of the blue saw the train. <On unfamiliar roads I don't bother to take extra care.>

"I slammed on the brakes, but it was coming too fast and hit me. <Trains should travel much more slowly and their drivers should be on the lookout for inattentive motorists who have had a busy day.> It was quite overwhelming how close I was. I am very thankful to be alive."


Thankfully no-one was hurt.

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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby Alexander Court » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:26 pm

I learned how to be safe at a level crossing when i was very young, perhaps 2 or 3 or 4 ish, in east tilbury we still had manned gates which were lovely things, i'm sure there are plenty of members who will remember them :wink:

Clearly she is an idiot.

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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:27 pm

reading between the lines

"I was too busy texting/chatting on the phone/doing make up/fiddling with ipod to notice several hundred tonnes of train approaching"
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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby Ex-Pat » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:40 pm

Yes, it's amazing that accidents don't happen more often because of those reasons!

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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby Foo » Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:53 pm

She's from st newlyn east. Nuff said. They eat babies.

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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby Bufferstop » Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:32 pm

Her comments display an attitude to driving that suggests she ought to be banned until she has learned to do it responsibly! In view of the "This is silly" thread perhaps the train driver should sue her for the shock and distress she doubtless caused him.
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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby amsie » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:43 pm

Alexander Court wrote:I learned how to be safe at a level crossing when i was very young, perhaps 2 or 3 or 4 ish, in east tilbury we still had manned gates which were lovely things, i'm sure there are plenty of members who will remember them :wink:

Clearly she is an idiot.


Very close, I learned to be safe at crossings at the Pitsea crossing, which is unmanned, and the nurerous foot crossings just outside of Pitsea towards Tilbury.

Im not sure what the lady didnt see and I don't know the crossing, but usually I find the flashing amber lights, then the red lights a bit of a clue that there might be a train approaching.

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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby Foo » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:56 pm

Google Street View shows how visable it is! Fool!!

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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby Lysander » Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:12 pm

I thought I recognised that crossing - if you are half awake you can see if anything's coming. I was quite surprised to see a 125 using it however.

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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby thomas the plank engine » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:24 pm

Was having a BLONDE moment

Spec-Savers should be her next port of call as well.

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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby Bufferstop » Fri Jan 20, 2012 9:54 pm

That crossing looks an absolute cert for the suggestion of installing ordinary traffic lights, with enforcement cameras, and a yellow box.
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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby NickB » Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:10 pm

amsie wrote:
Alexander Court wrote:I learned how to be safe at a level crossing when i was very young, perhaps 2 or 3 or 4 ish, in east tilbury we still had manned gates which were lovely things, i'm sure there are plenty of members who will remember them :wink:

Clearly she is an idiot.


Very close, I learned to be safe at crossings at the Pitsea crossing, which is unmanned, and the nurerous foot crossings just outside of Pitsea towards Tilbury.

Im not sure what the lady didnt see and I don't know the crossing, but usually I find the flashing amber lights, then the red lights a bit of a clue that there might be a train approaching.


Totally off topic but are there any more members on ere from my locality in sunny Tilbury-on-sea??? (apart from you Malc 'doodlebug') But agreed, she's a plonker.

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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby cmeonthemove » Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:40 pm

As someone involved in a crash involving a woman driver texting, this is just another classic example of why I get so infuriated that my insurance premiums are nearly twice that of someone with the title of Miss or Mrs.

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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby trainsandco » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:33 am

Trains should travel much more slowly and their drivers should be on the lookout for inattentive motorists who have had a busy day.


Seriously? Have you seen all the other news about trains being late and being delayed? Slowing down trains? Yes that'll solve everyone's dilemma's! Why don't dumb drivers just be more on the look out for these large, heavy, usually with Yellow Warning Panels on the front, trains?

Also, if your an inattentive motorist, then why the fudgecakes where you driving? What will you say to the mum of the child you hit after not noticing it run out into the road?

*rant over*

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Re: Another level crossing collision, and a confessional driver?

Postby Essex2Visuvesi » Mon Jan 23, 2012 11:45 am

You wouldnt, you would sue the child and her parents for damaging the front of the car... oh and then the car company for selling you the car in the first place as without it the incident would never have happened. Then theres the......

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