A suspected drink-driver cheated demise by leaping from his car moments earlier than it was crushed by a train on a degree crossing.
Police discovered the wreck of the BMW at round midnight on Thursday and shortly afterwards breathalysed the motive force, 29.
He was arrested on suspicion of consuming behind the wheel and endangering security on the railway and stays in custody, British Transport Police mentioned.
The man tried to drive over the crossing in Wokingham, Berkshire, as the train hurtled in the direction of him however jumped out of the motive force’s seat on the final minute, in accordance to witnesses.
His BMW was discovered dragged down the observe with its roof ripped in half, its windscreen smashed and its entrance torn off.
The Waterloo Road crossing has been closed for investigation and all traces between Wokingham and Ascot stay blocked.
South Western Railway mentioned companies working by these stations can be revised and disruption is anticipated to proceed till 5pm this night.
One person claiming to reside close to the crossing – who didn’t want to be named – mentioned ‘it sounded like a bang and then a screeching sound’.
Samantha Atkinson, one other resident, instructed The Reading Chronicle: ‘It sounded like something large being dragged along by the wind. It happened around 11.25pm, and I could hear police and helicopter circling later.’
A passenger on the train which smashed into the car mentioned that they had been requested to keep of their carriage whereas police dealt with the state of affairs.
British Transport Police mentioned: ‘Officers have been referred to as simply earlier than midnight on Thursday to experiences of a car being struck by a train at Waterloo degree crossing, Wokingham.
‘Fortunately, there have been no reported injuries. Passengers were taken to destinations by coach.’