Rail crossing driver was 'reckless'

A lorry driver who ignored the warning lights at a level crossing has been described by police as "extremely reckless".

John McDonald, from Newcastle upon Tyne, drove a sewage tanker into descending rail crossing gates in Foxton, Cambridgeshire.

Cambridge Magistrates' Court heard how the 38-year-old went through the red lights in December last year.

No-one was hurt by his actions but travellers experienced long delays.

"McDonald's actions were extremely reckless," said a police spokesman.

"Drivers must realise that they are not simply risking their own lives when they ignore the warning lights - they are also risking the lives of those who are travelling on the trains."

McDonald was fined £170 and had three penalty points added to his licence after admitting failing to comply with a traffic signal.

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