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WATCH: Learner drives onto level crossing as lights flash then smashes into car behind trying to reverse

PUBLISHED: 16:36 22 August 2017

The driver was caught at a level crossing

The driver was caught at a level crossing

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Adenike Akingbogun, 44, of Monarch Drive in Sittingbourne, was convicted following the incident in Essex last year

A learner driver who entered a level crossing after the warning lights were flashing, then smashed into the car behind as she tried to reverse out, has been fined and disqualified from the road.

Adenike Akingbogun, 44, of Monarch Drive in Sittingbourne, was convicted of driving a motor vehicle dangerously at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on August 10.

On Christmas Eve last year, Akingbogun drove her car onto a level crossing in Purfleet in Essex after the lights were flashing.

She then stopped on the crossing and the barriers lowered in front and behind her car.

She then reversed, through the barriers and hit a car waiting behind her. The cost of repairing the barrier was more than £1,100 and it caused significant delays.

Akingbogun held a provisional licence and, although she was accompanied by a full licence holder, she was not displaying the ‘L’ plates legally required.

She was ordered to pay £420 in fines, costs of £85, victim services of £42 and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

British Transport Police’s Rob Whyte said: “This incident sends a clear message to drivers that they must comply with the safety equipment at railway level crossings or they risk endangering their lives, the lives of other road users and passengers on board trains.

“There were substantial delays caused to rail services because of this incident, and it was extremely lucky that nobody was injured.

“Akingbogun was not a full licence holder and should have been clearly displaying L plates on her car when driving it on the public highway.

“It is clear to me that her inexperience on the road contributed to this incident.”

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