TikTok video showing car parked across live railway line investigated by police
Written by Gavin on 16th January 2021
Police are appealing for information after a video posted on TikTok showed a car parked across a live railway track for a photoshoot.
The short clip shows the vehicle across the tracks in Bolton, Greater Manchester, with the caption: “Would you take the risk to get the shot no one else would?”
Network Rail’s North West route director has condemned the behaviour as “sheer stupidity at a staggering level”.
British Transport Police is investigating the footage.
Inspector Becky Warren from the force said: “No picture or video is worth risking your life for.
“There is simply no excuse for not following safety procedures at level crossings. The behaviour shown by the individuals in this video is incredibly dangerous and reckless.”
The video showed the car across tracks at The Oaks level crossing, at Bromley Cross near Bolton.
Phil James, Network Rail’s North West route director, said: “The danger this person has put themselves and passengers in is sheer stupidity at a staggering level.
“Trespassing on the railway is a crime, as is endangering the lives of rail users.
“No-one should ever trespass onto the railway – so for it to be used as a backdrop for a photo shoot beggars belief.
“Lives could so easily have been lost by this reckless behaviour and we will be working closely with British Transport Police to make sure the person responsible for the video is brought to justice.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the British Transport Police on 61016 quoting the reference number 122 of 14/01/21.
via Sky News/Independent Radio News for GTFM