The railway level crossing gate at Avarampalayam was damaged on Tuesday when a van driver tried to cross even as the gate keeper was bringing down the gate for enabling an approaching train to pass through the section. The collision resulted in damage to the gate. Railway staff worked for several hours to set right the structure. Following the incident, traffic was diverted via Sathyamangalam Road and small arterial feeder roads with underpasses. Railway police are questioning the van driver.