Services from Greater Anglia through Manningtree station in Mannintree, Essex were delayed due to the incident.
Part of the A137 was also closed for more than three hours while engineers carried out emergency repairs to the barrier.
A nearby CCTV camera captured the moment the truck driver decided to ignore the flashing lights and walk through the barrier.
The footage, which was tweeted by Network Rail, shows vehicles racing across the tracks in a desperate attempt to beat red lights.
Although he picked up speed upon realizing the barrier was lowering, the heavyweight did not cross the barrier and instead ripped the barrier off its hinges.
The incident occurred around 3 p.m. and repair work was completed around 6:45 p.m.
Network Rail shared the shocking images with the caption “When the lights are flashing, you have to stop”.
Traffic laws say you should only cross when the lights go out and the gates open – something this truck driver obviously didn’t understand.
The highway code also says:
- You MUST always obey flashing red lights.
- You MUST stop behind the white line on the other side of the road.
- Continue if you have already crossed the white line when the amber light comes on.
- Do not back up on or over a controlled crossing.
- You MUST wait if a train is passing and the red lights continue to flash. This means that another train will pass soon.
- Only cross when the lights go out and the barriers open.
- Never zigzag around the half-barriers, they lower automatically when a train approaches.
- At level crossings where there are no gates, a train is approaching when the lights are on.