A minibus carrying 12 people crashed over a motorway barrier and ended up just 6m from the Exeter to Bristol main line railway last Monday. It had been involved in a collision with a car on the northbound carriageway of the M5 near Cullompton in Devon.
The 610mm high-tension corrugated beam barrier was badly damaged. The rail line runs parallel to the motorway for several kilometres. There was a 50m gap between the two where the accident took place. The barrier was erected following an investigation into possible danger posed by traffic to the line five years ago.