Driver of stolen car that smashed into train in Doncaster hunted after fleeing scene

Police are hunting the driver of a stolen car who fled after smashing into a high speed train in Doncaster.

Monday, 14th June 2021, 4:24 pm

The black Range Rover smashed through a fence close to Rossington level crossing last night, coming into collision with a high speed LNER Azuma train.

Footage shows the car enveloped in a cloud of dust and debris after smashing through a fence at the side of the crossing barriers.

Incredibly, no one in the vehicle or on the train was injured, although the car was wrecked and one of the train’s carriages suffered a smashed window as well as bodywork damage.

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The wreckage of the Range Rover that smashed into a train in Doncaster.
The wreckage of the Range Rover that smashed into a train in Doncaster.

Now South Yorkshire Police have confirmed that the driver of the car fled the scene and is now being hunted by officers.

A spokesman said: “A Range Rover which is believed to have been stolen, left the road from West End Lane, Rossington and crashed through the security fencing at Rossington railway crossing, colliding with a train which was passing by.

“The driver of the Range Rover left the vehicle and fled the scene.

"The train continued on the tracks stopping a short time later.

"There were no injuries reported from the train, although it suffered extensive damage and delays on the line.

“Enquiries are ongoing to locate the driver of the vehicle, anybody with information should contact the police on 101 quoting incident number 1015 of 13 June.”

The incident caused significant disruption on the East Coast Main Line although engineers spent the night carrying out emergency repairs so the crossing could re-open this morning.