Mercedes-Benz GLA Meets 108-Year-Old Steam Train at Level Crossing, Train Wins - Mercedes Benz SLK Forum

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Meets 108-Year-Old Steam Train at Level Crossing, Train Wins

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In what could be dubbed a “very good definition of dumb luck,” one driver refused to stop at a level crossing in Norfolk, UK, and a 108-year-old steam train smashed right through his Mercedes-Benz GLA.

The dumb good luck part is that the driver of the car emerged unscathed from the crash. Still, this is probably a story he won’t want to share with his pals over a cup of tea: after all, who wants to admit to getting themselves into a crash with an ancient steam engine traveling at 8mph at a level crossing? Especially when it could have been easily avoided.

PC John Parker posted about the crash on Twitter, together with a photo of the mangled car. Looking at the Mercedes, it’s a miracle the driver escaped without injury. His recklessness is still inexcusable, though.

“Currently on scene at a train vs car incident. Unsurprisingly, the train emerged the victor,” Parker writes on social media. “Nobody injured fortunately but crossing to Sheringham Golf Club will be blocked for an hour or so.”

The general manager of the North Norfolk Railway, Andrew Munden, tells the Daily Mail in a statement that the driver was the sole responsible for the crash.

“We are all so relieved that this was a low speed collision and that no-one was injured. As the train crossed the level crossing it struck a car that was driving into the main road into the golf club,” Munden explains. “The red lights were flashing away and the alarms were sounding, the car just didn't stop.”

Minor damage was also caused to the 108-year-old steam engine. The train hadn’t picked up any passengers, so at least the driver only ruined his and the train conductor’s day. And of everyone else’s involved in the cleaning operation afterwards.
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Just looking at that photo again today, it would appear that the engine was running in reverse at the time. Wonder if the Merc driver thought it was travelling forwards and away from him?
Still doesn't excuse driving through the crossing when all the warnings were active though.
At least damage to the engine will likely buff out. Can't say the same for the car though

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