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Rail crossing driver was "reckless"

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A lorry driver who ignored warning lights at a level crossing has been described as "extremely reckless" by police.

John McDonald, from Newcastle Upon Tyne, drove the sewage tanker into descending rail crossing gates in Foxton, Cambridgeshire.

The 38-year-old drove through the red lights in December last year and although no-one was injured, the accident resulted in long delays for travellers.

McDonald was fined £170 by Cambridge Magistrates' Court and had three penalty points added to his licence after admitting failing to comply with a traffic signal.

"McDonald's actions were extremely reckless," said a police spokesman.

"Drivers must realise that they are not simply risking their own lives when they ignore the warning lights - they are also risking the lives of those who are travelling on the trains."

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