Watch the shocking moment driver risks his life to get over Lowestoft level crossing

Grab of video posted on Facebook on by Paul Whitlow on Victoria Road in Lowestoft. Picture Facebook/

Grab of video posted on Facebook on by Paul Whitlow on Victoria Road in Lowestoft. Picture Facebook/Paul Whitlow - Credit: Archant

This is the moment a driver risks his life to save a few minutes - by swerving round queuing cars and going through the lights at a level crossing, narrowly missing the barriers and an oncoming train.

The dashcam video by Paul Whitlow had already caught the white Range Rover overtaking in a 30mph zone in Beccles Road, Oulton Broad at about 1.20pm yesterday (Thursday, August 4).

The driver then gets caught in a queue before the level crossing near to Oulton Broad South railway station when the lights start flashing to indicate the barriers are about to come down so a train can pass.

Not prepared to wait, he drives around the waiting cars by a narrow gap in the road and drives over the level crossing just as the barriers come down, narrowly avoiding getting trapped in the path of the train.

The video has provoked shock and anger on Facebook, where it has been viewed 149,000 times and shared by 2,850 people.

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Mr Whitlow has also posted comments showing he has reported the matter to police.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: 'We have been made aware of a video on social media showing a vehicle driving whilst the lights at a level crossing were on red.

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'Officers from BTP will now be investigating this incident.

'We treat all reports of level crossing misuse seriously and will take action against anyone caught committing offences.

'It may be tempting to jump the lights to try and shave a few seconds off your journey, but it is not worth the risk. Not only is it incredibly dangerous but you could face police action.

'Anyone with any information should contact BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016 citing reference 611 of 04/08/16.'

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