Terrifying moment level crossing barrier crashes down trapping mum and three-week-old baby on tracks
This is the terrifying moment a careless driver and her three-week-old baby girl got trapped on a railway crossing – after the barrier came down and smashed through her car window.
Shocking footage shows the 27-year-old mum narrowly avoided disaster when overhead barriers crashed down on her Vauxhall Astra.
She had been sat bumper-to-bumper in traffic on the crossing in Lincoln when the warning signal lights began to flash at 3pm on Saturday (12/3).
The overhead barriers close and smash through the driver side window as she tries to pull forward, leaving mum and baby trapped at the railway tracks.
A member of the public can be seen coming to her aid, taking the little girl out of her car seat and setting it down on the pavement.
The woman then gets out of the passenger seat and she and the Good Samaritan try in vain the rock the car from from the barrier.
She then jumps back in the car and reverses free, back onto the crossing before parking on a nearby path to avoid the oncoming train.
The hapless driver then casually strolls back across the street, collects her daughter and puts her back in the car.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: “This was a minor accident. A Vauxhall Vectra was in collision with the barrier.
“In the car was the driver, a 27-year-old Lincoln woman and her three-week-old daughter.
“The driver sustained a slight injury to her finger and the baby was unhurt.”
One witness, who did not want to be named, said: “She was very lucky. I can’t believe how idiotic she was being.
“She put her and her child’s life at risk, just to try and skip a bit of afternoon traffic.
“It could have had tragic consequences. Amazingly, she seemed so calm about it all. She seemed oblivious to the danger they were in.”