Cycle team hit out at ‘dangerous’ level crossing after member comes off bike

Sarah Wilkinson, who sustained extensive injuries in the accident at the Hob Hole Drain level crossing. gExu3_UEh4pWixbcBYnK

Sarah Wilkinson, who sustained extensive injuries in the accident at the Hob Hole Drain level crossing. gExu3_UEh4pWixbcBYnK

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A cyclist is facing several operations after an accident at a level crossing in Boston - which has sparked anger from a riding group.

The Boston Wheelers cycling team has hit out at the level crossing at Hob Hole Drain after one of their riders was seriously injured during a training session.

Sarah Wilkinson, 37 from Boston, sustained facial and arm injuries details and the group say she ‘could have been killed had she not been wearing a helmet’.

The accident occurred at the level crossing near Sibsey on Wednesday, July 8.

A statement from the ladies section of Boston Wheelers, said: “This level crossing is at an angle with very wide gaps in between the metal rails. The wheels got caught in between those gaps causing Sarah to be thrown off her bike into the air, landing with first impact to her head.”

The following pack were unable to avoid Sarah as she fell. Many suffered shock, cuts and bruises in the ensuing pile-up.

Sarah, who is facing several operations at Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham, will no longer be able to take part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 on Sunday, August 2.

A Network Rail spokesperson confirmed they were aware of an incident involving a group of cyclists at Old Leake level crossing on July 8.

They said: “Train services were stopped in the area for around an hour while a cyclist was treated at the scene before being transferred to hospital.

“We understand from the British Transport Police that the injuries sustained were as a result of a collision between two cyclists as they entered the crossing.

“Prior to this incident on July 8, there have been no reported incidents involving cyclists at Old Leake since before 2007.”

“As stated in the Highway Code, we advise cyclists to take extra care when riding close to or crossing tracks.”

For more see this week’s Boston Standard.