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Elderly woman drives onto tracks after taking wrong turn at level crossing

An elderly woman brought trains to a halt in Newcastle when she drove her car onto the tracks.

Services were suspended between Newcastle Airport and the Regent Centre in North Newcastle after the car was spotted on the line at Kingston Park Metro station.

The driver had gone onto the railway at the level crossing and was heading towards Bank Foot station before she stopped at the platform.

- Picture of the car driven on to the tracks by a pensioner. TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // contact@trianglenews.co.uk By Rosaleen Fenton A PENSIONER was lucky to escape with her life after taking a wrong turn and driving her car onto railway tracks. The elderly woman made the wrong turn and ended up at the station after becoming confused at a level crossing. Instead of driving her white Toyota straight over the crossing at Brunton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, she accidentally turned onto the tracks. *Full story filed via the wires* *TRIANGLE NEWS DOES NOT CLAIM ANY COPYRIGHT OR LICENSE IN THE ATTACHED MATERIAL. ANY DOWNLOADING FEES CHARGED BY TRIANGLE NEWS ARE FOR TRIANGLE NEWS SERVICES ONLY, AND DO NOT, NOR ARE THEY INTENDED TO, CONVEY TO THE USER ANY COPYRIGHT OR LICENSE IN THE MATERIAL. BY PUBLISHING THIS MATERIAL , THE USER EXPRESSLY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY AND TO HOLD TRIANGLE NEWS HARMLESS FROM ANY CLAIMS, DEMANDS, OR CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED IN ANY WAY WITH USER'S PUBLICATION OF THE MATERIAL*

Unsurprisingly, it delayed a lot of trains (Picture: @RWS_collection / Twitter)

Emergency services were called to the scene at around 8.30pm on Monday and safely got the woman out of the car.

A Nexus spokesperson said police and rail engineers had to assess the situation before moving the car and letting trains run again.

The level crossing and the track was also being checked for any damage.

While trains were suspended, a taxi service was provided for passengers.

Metro trains were back in service at around 9.15pm.

- Picture of the car driven on to the tracks by a pensioner. TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // contact@trianglenews.co.uk By Rosaleen Fenton A PENSIONER was lucky to escape with her life after taking a wrong turn and driving her car onto railway tracks. The elderly woman made the wrong turn and ended up at the station after becoming confused at a level crossing. Instead of driving her white Toyota straight over the crossing at Brunton Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, she accidentally turned onto the tracks. *Full story filed via the wires* *TRIANGLE NEWS DOES NOT CLAIM ANY COPYRIGHT OR LICENSE IN THE ATTACHED MATERIAL. ANY DOWNLOADING FEES CHARGED BY TRIANGLE NEWS ARE FOR TRIANGLE NEWS SERVICES ONLY, AND DO NOT, NOR ARE THEY INTENDED TO, CONVEY TO THE USER ANY COPYRIGHT OR LICENSE IN THE MATERIAL. BY PUBLISHING THIS MATERIAL , THE USER EXPRESSLY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY AND TO HOLD TRIANGLE NEWS HARMLESS FROM ANY CLAIMS, DEMANDS, OR CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED IN ANY WAY WITH USER'S PUBLICATION OF THE MATERIAL*

You don’t see this every day (Picture: @Jamesy_C2/Twitter)

Passer-by Nathan Richardson tweeted: ‘Whole load of police cars at KP station. A car has driven up the line, looks like towards Bank Foot.’

It’s not the first time a driver took the wrong turn onto a track and came face-to-face with a Metro train.

In 2009, a 40-year-old woman drove on to the track at Fawdon in Newcastle, and went hundreds of metres before her vehicle broke down as a train approached.

It took the car three hours to be removed from off the tracks.



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