‘Lucky Escape’ Driver Jailed

April 14, 2018 11:12 am Last Updated: April 14, 2018 11:12 am

A man has been jailed for narrowly missing a 1,600-tonne freight train after driving onto a rail crossing.

Giedrius Puisys, 38, of Camden Road, Ipswich was handed a 12-month prison sentence and a three-year driving ban at Ipswich Crown Court.

Officers released the footage, in the clip above, which shows the narrow-miss.

Police said Puisys was “incredibly lucky to be alive.”

Rupert Lown, Network Rail’s director of safety for Anglia said, “This was absolutely reckless behaviour by the driver who only narrowly escaped with his life.”

“This is a very busy line with over 60 freight trains a day in addition to passenger services. He was incredibly lucky, the consequences of his actions could have been very different.”

Credit: British Transport Police

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