An elderly woman had to be rescued by a delivery driver after getting caught between the closing barriers at Polegate Level crossing.
The incident was captured on the dashcam of delivery driver Kirk Kirk-Matthewson’s vehicle.
The woman was half way over the level crossing when the sirens started and the barriers started to drop down.
Mr Kirk-Matthewson jumped out of his car and helped the woman who was pushing a shopping trolley to safety.
The incident has led to fresh calls for safety improvements.
Polegate mayor David Watts said there was an issue with the amount of time between warning lights and sirens being activated and the barriers coming down.
Network Rail said that radar technology ensured that when a car or pedestrian was detected the barrier-lowering sequence stopped along with the approaching train.
It said the volume of the warning signals at the crossing had been increased.
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