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A motorist in Kent drives drunk on a railway line into the path of an oncoming train [Video]

A 29-year-old motorist drove drunk into the track of an oncoming train after he turned onto the tracks at the level crossing as he overshot the limit three times

  • Tayler Barnham, 29, drunkenly veered left onto the tracks at a level crossing
  • The Faversham incident left Barnham with a two-year driving ban
  • CCTV footage shows sparks as Barnham’s Ford Fiesta hits a live rail

Shocking CCTV footage has captured the moment a motorist drove onto railway tracks and into the path of an oncoming train as he exceeded the drinking limit three times.

Tayler Barnham, 29, drove over a level crossing near Faversham, Kent, then veered left into the tracks at 11.55pm on May 29 last year.

The incident could have been fatal if the driver of an approaching passenger train had not spotted the Ford Fiesta in time and applied the emergency brakes.

Barnham, from Rochester in Kent, was sentenced to an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, by Medway Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after he admitted driving without care and attention and driving while intoxicated during from an earlier hearing, British Transport Police said.

Ms Barham’s Ford Fiesta can be seen approaching the Faversham level crossing in the video

CCTV footage captures the moment Ms Barnham veers onto the railway drunk

CCTV footage captures the moment Ms Barnham veers onto the railway drunk

She was banned from driving for two years and must observe a curfew between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. for three months.

In CCTV footage released after the conviction, the Ford Fiesta can be seen turning left onto the tracks, causing a massive electric shock as it hits the live rail before coming to an abrupt stop.

The incident led to a stern warning from police that “the railway is no playground”.

Following Barnham’s near-missing arrest, a breath sample taken in police custody revealed she was more than three times over the drink-driving limit.

After the car was pulled from the tracks, officers located an empty beer can in its floor, police said.

Sparks fly in footage as Ms Barnham's Ford Fiesta hits a live railway

Sparks fly in footage as Ms Barnham’s Ford Fiesta hits a live railway

Detective Constable Mike Ganly said: ‘Barnham’s brash decision that night could have had tragic consequences.

“Not only did she put herself in grave danger, but she caused a significant safety risk to passengers on the approaching train.

“I hope the footage of his ill-judged actions and pursuits will serve as a warning to anyone who might consider driving or walking the tracks.

“The railway is not a playground – it has many hidden dangers. Not only do you run the risk of being hit by an oncoming train, but the electrified third rail carries 750 volts – enough to kill you.