Driver narrowly misses train during police chase

PUBLISHED: 14:53 21 June 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 21 June 2010

Kings Dyke Level crossing near Whittlesey which was closed following  a stolen car being pursued by police that crashed into the barriers

Kings Dyke Level crossing near Whittlesey which was closed following a stolen car being pursued by police that crashed into the barriers

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A TRAIN was just seconds away from crashing into a stolen car which was being chased by police over a level crossing.

Officers were in pursuit of the red Mercedes Kompressor coupe after it was taken from outside a property in Grounds Avenue, March on Saturday (June 19) night.

Police tracked the vehicle in Peterborough on Sunday (June 20) but chased it through the city and along the A605 after it failed to stop.

The getaway driver drove through the barriers at the Kings Delph railway crossing at 2.45pm, just nine seconds before the train was due to arrive.

The driver got away but the Mercedes was later found at Woolpack Lane car park in Whittlesey. The train collided with barrier debris just moments after the incident.

Detective Sergeant Chris O’Brien said no was injured in the collision but added: “It could have been a different story.”

Making an appeal to residents for information, he said: “It is vital we trace the man responsible and any information, no matter how small, could lead us to him.”

Anyone with information should call DS O’Brien on 0345 456 4564.


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