Shocking moment reckless bus driver ploughs through level crossing barriers in Tottenham

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This is the moment a reckless bus driver ploughed through barriers at a level crossing in north London.

Emil Koranteng, 25, admitted driving the empty bus through the crossing in Tottenham, causing £49,000 worth of damage.

He ploughed the out of service bus through the crossing on Marsh Lane, Northumberland Park, after the barriers had already begun to lower to allow a train to pass at about 10pm on May 29 this year, a court heard.

Highbury Magistrates’ Court was told that Koranteng sped up and attempted to “zig-zag” his way through the crossing after the warning lights were illuminated and the barriers began to close.

The rear of the bus clipped the barriers causing extensive damage and train delays.

Reckless: Emil Koranteng drove the bus through the level crossing (British Transport Police)

Network Rail paid for the damage.

Koranteng, of Clinton Road, pleaded guilty to one charge of dangerous driving and was sentenced on Monday.

He was banned from driving for 15 months and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Koranteng was also ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

Inspector Steve Webster from British Transport Police, said: “This was foolish and outright dangerous behaviour from this bus driver.

The damage cost Network Rail £49,000 (British Transport Police)

“He put his own life and the lives of rail users at risk by driving so dangerously. 

“After the incident, the broken barrier was left on the floor and the level crossing was exposed meaning any pedestrians could have walked onto the tracks. 

“I am very pleased that we were able to identify Koranteng and bring him before the courts. 

“As this case shows, frustratingly, people are still risking their lives on level crossings by ignoring the warning signs and crossing the tracks when it is not safe.

“Sadly, our officers know the tragedy families are faced with after a loved one is killed at a level crossing and we don’t want anyone else to have to experience that.

“What may seem like a quick short cut, or a bit of fun, can leave devastation and heartbreak for families.”

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