Heartbreaking Moment 70mph Train Misses Careless Pedestrian By Just INCHES As It Strolls Tracks Without Even Looking
- The man ignored the red warning light of the crossing to indicate that it was unsafe to cross
- The train from London Euston to Glasgow had to come to an emergency stop
Heartbreaking footage shows the moment when a pedestrian was just centimeters away from being hit by a train traveling at 110 km/h while carelessly walking along the tracks.
The alarming video was captured by the cameras on board the train and shows the man casually walking across the junction in Runcorn, Cheshire.
The train, which was operating from London Euston to Glasgow, had to come to an emergency stop to avoid hitting the pedestrian.
According to Network Rail, the maximum speed for trains on this section of track is 200 km/h.
There is a red warning light at the crossing if it is unsafe to cross, which the man ignored.
The alarming video captured by the onboard cameras shows the man casually walking across the intersection in Runcorn
A matter of seconds could have led to tragedy for the careless pedestrian who missed the train by inches
Lucy Jordan, head of security for Network Rail in North West, said the Jan. 18 incident “could have led to a tragedy.”
She said: ‘When I see images like this, my heart always stops.
“The difference of just a few seconds could have resulted in tragedy for this man and I cannot downplay the danger he was in.
“It is important for Network Rail to share this video as a strong warning to others and to remind them of our level crossing rules.
“No matter how well you think you know a crossing, all users should obey the signage and if there are warning lights, always stop when they turn red, it’s just not worth the risk.”
Avanti West Coast safety and security director Dave Whitehouse said the footage is a “strong reminder” to be “aware of your surroundings near the railways”.
He said: ‘These images serve as a stark reminder to be aware of your surroundings near the railways, whether at a level crossing or station.
“While the man involved escaped serious injury, this shows that it only takes a fraction of a second to make the wrong decision and it ends in tragedy.”
There is a red warning light at the crossing if it is unsafe to cross, which the man ignored
The train, which was operating from London Euston to Glasgow, had to come to an emergency stop to avoid hitting the pedestrian