A pensioner did not see the flashing lights on a Doncaster level crossing before she drove through the barriers and in front of a passenger train, killing her young grandchild, an investigation has revealed.
Four-year-old Emma Lifsey suffered fatal injuries in the horrific collision at Beech Hill crossing, Misson Springs, near Bawtry, last December, and died later that day.
A report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch today says the car was driven onto the crossing when the barriers were down but the visibilty of the red warning lights, known as wig-wags, was ‘poor’ and they have since been replaced.
A low sun at the time of the accident, on December 4, and a damp road surface also contributed to glare affecting the motorist.
The 67-year-old grandmother, who is not named in the report, told the investigators ‘she did not see that the wig-wags were flashing as she approached and only noticed the lights and barriers when she was very close to the crossing’.