Driver held after level crossing barriers smash

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A driver has been charged with dangerous driving after his car smashed through a Doncaster level crossing and into a police station car park.

Trains on the East Coast main line were halted after the incident in Rossington, on Tuesday afternoon, just after 4pm.

Rossington man William Thorndyke, aged 29, has appeared before Doncaster magistrates charged with a public nuisance offence, driving without due care and attention, dangerous driving and criminal damage.

He is reported to have sustained a neck injury and needed hospital treatment.

British Transport Police are also considering if he should be charged with an offence of endangering persons on the railway.

South Yorkshire Police say a BMW estate collided with the level crossing on Station Road, then left the road and hit two parked, unoccupied cars in Rossington police station car park, which is at the front of the building.

Three of the four level crossing barriers were seriously damaged and the road was closed for the rest of the night until new barriers could be erected.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “The police attended the site and closed the road while new barriers were located and fitted.”

n Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 700 of September 17.