A BURNING car landed just feet away from a Sheffield railway after crashing down an 80ft embankment - narrowly avoiding causing a serious accident on the line.
British Transport Police officers were called to the scene, at Owlerton, and found the Volkswagen hatchback engulfed in flames.
The car is thought to have fallen around 80 feet from the top of the steep embankment, next to the allotments off Penrith Road, Shirecliffe, catching fire as it hit the ground.
The vehicle was only stopped from landing on the line thanks to metal barriers alongside the track, which is a freight line used by trains heading to and from Stocksbridge steelworks.
Officers do not know whether the car was stolen, and are appealing for witnesses or anyone whose car has gone missing to come forward. Investigating officer, PC Melvyn Betts, said the car could have been deliberately pushed or driven off the embankment.
“This was an extremely dangerous act that could have had devastating consequences,” PC Betts said. “If the car had stopped on the track, or a train had been passing through the area at that time, I have no doubt that the power and force from the car would have derailed the train. It is vital that we trace those responsible.”
Anyone with information about the incident, which happened at around 6.30am on Saturday, March 19, should call British Transport Police on 0800 405040, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.