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Man fined £4,600 following dangerous level crossing incident - Suffolk

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Following a British Transport Police investigation, a man has been fined a total of £4,600 for driving his Jaguar into the path of a train at a level crossing near Bloss, Melton, Suffolk. 

John Morris, aged 74 of Kings Road, Bury St Edmunds, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to a charge of Endangering the Safety of Persons on the Railway. 

Shortly before 10.27am on 15 October last year, Morris drove his car onto Bloss crossing and was struck by a train traveling at 30mph. 

Officers from BTP and Suffolk Police attended alongside crews from the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and the East of England Ambulance Service. Morris was airlifted to hospital where he received treatment for three weeks. 

Following an extensive investigation by BTP, officers were able to determine that Morris failed to comply with the procedures put in place at this level crossing. Fortunately, there was no other reported injuries on board the train. 

Morris appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on 28 March 2018 and was fined a total of £4,600. 

Investigating officer, DC Steven Smith said: 

“Morris was very lucky that neither he nor anyone else was killed by his negligent and dangerous actions. 

“He did not pay attention to the signs leading up to the crossing and wasn’t aware that he needed to call the signal box before attempting to drive onto the tracks. If his Jaguar was struck by a train travelling at a higher speed, the consequences could have been fatal.” 


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