South East Wales

Sion Ramson banned for Pencoed level crossing incident

A driver who sped across a south Wales level crossing as the barriers closed has been banned from driving.

Sion Ramson, 26, crossed the unmanned line in Pencoed to visit his sick grandmother, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

Ramson was caught on CCTV ignoring flashing red lights and then driving over the crossing just before a train.

Ramson from Pontyclun admitted dangerous driving and was given a four-month suspended jail sentence and banned from driving for 12 months.

'Serious'

Judge Stephen Hopkins QC told him: "It was the most incredibly daft thing for you to have done.

"What you did was a particularly stupid and potentially dangerous thing. You put at risk both your own life and the lives of those on the train."

Ramson crossed the line on 1 February as a First Great Western passenger service was due on the main Swansea to London high-speed line.

He was arrested at home after the his vehicle had been filmed by the security cameras.

He told officers: "I know I should not have crossed the way I did. I'm really sorry for this, I could have caused a serious accident."

Speaking after the case, a spokesman for Network Rail said: "This kind of behaviour can cause serious injury or death to yourself or rail users."

Ramson ignored the closing barrier
Ramson missed the incoming train on the Swansea to Paddington main line

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