Pensioner narrowly avoids accident

Carleton level crossing

Carleton level crossing

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A pensioner almost found himself trapped on a railway crossing with a train due after he drove through red stop signals.

Allan Parkinson, 80, had just been to a funeral and had other things on his mind, a court was told.

Parkinson, of St Marys Road, Great Eccleston, pleaded guilty by letter to driving without due care and attention.

He was fined £170 with £65 costs plus the £20 victims’ surcharge and had five motoring penalty points put on his licence by Blackpool magistrates.

Shirley Fitton, prosecuting, said a railway signaller saw Parkinson drive his Citroen Berlingo through the red flashing stop signals at Carleton level crossing at 10.44am on August 5.

A build up of traffic meant Parkinson’s car had to stop as the safety barriers started to descend. He was just able to drive away before a barrier came down on his car.

In a letter to the court Parkinson stated: “I had just been to a funeral. The weather was bad and I had other things on my mind. That is why I reacted a little late at the crossing.”

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