POLICE have confirmed they are investigating two incidents at a level crossing – after a lorry smashed into barriers last week before two buses followed on without stopping at the scene.

The incidents, which are both being investigated by British Transport Police (BTP), happened at the Pooley Green crossing near Egham railway station at around 7.20am on Monday, April 16. Trains had to run at reduced speeds on all lines between Virginia Water and Staines, South Western Railway said, with 15 minute delays on services until around 10am.

A white lorry collided with the barriers and drove off before two buses, also unidentified at this time, followed through and crossed without stopping. This was despite warning lights being on at the time and the incident that had happened in front, operator Network Rail said.

The barriers were back in operation by 9.23am but there had been a knock-on effect on traffic following the collision.

A BTP spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to an incident at 7.30am after a vehicle collided with a level crossing barrier in Egham, Surrey.

“The crossing was temporarily closed to repair the barrier.

“An investigation is underway.

“Anyone with information relating to this incident please contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 referencing 67-16/04/18.

“Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

BTP later confirmed it was actually investigating two incidents, with the lorry and buses being treated as separate infringements.

Mark O’Flynn, level crossing manager for Network Rail’s Wessex route, said: “The incidents were really shocking. Not only the reckless actions of the driver that collided with the crossing in the first instance before leaving the scene, but also the two buses that went over the crossing when the warning lights were active and the barrier would have been down had it not been torn off.

“When level crossings are used correctly, they offer a safe way for passengers and the public to cross the railway, but when the safeguards are deliberately ignored there is serious risk posed to those who use them.

“I’d like to remind motorists, and indeed pedestrians and all those that use level crossings, of their obligations – it’s not just potential criminal proceedings that you’re risking, it’s also your life and the lives of others.”