Friday 20 October 2017

WATCH: Shock CCTV footage shows split second escape from speeding train

This nail-biting video shows the moment a trespasser avoids getting hit by a speeding train by a split second.

The shocking CCTV footage was taken at Dublin's Kilbarrack Dart Station and shows the person wandering across the track, narrowly escaping being killed by the Dublin to Belfast Enterprise train, which was travelling at 140 kilometres per hour.

Irish Rail revealed today their trains had 32 "category 1" near-misses with people walking on tracks last year, where drivers actually had to jam on the breaks to avoid killing them.

Other shocking clips show people crossing the busy track with bikes and one person is even seen carrying a toddler across in a stroller.

A spokesperson for Irish Rail said: "Any one of these trespass incidents at Kilbarrack, or any one of the 32 ‘category 1’ near misses around the network could have resulted in a tragic and needless death or catastrophic injuries.

"A parent carrying a stroller who falls and hurts themselves or their child leaves the driver of the train in an impossible situation – trains take considerable distances to come to a halt even at moderate speeds, and a train cannot swerve around a stricken trespasser.

"Furthermore, modern tracks and trains are a lot more silent and customers may not be aware they are approaching – as can be seen from the extraordinary escape one trespasser had last December.

"Trespassers have been seen crossing with headphones meaning their awareness will be dramatically reduced."

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Overall Irish Rail drivers reported over 200 trespass incidents last year, including the 32 category 1 incidents.

They said this is probably just the tip of the iceberg and urged people not to be reckless.

"This is more than just a warning to young people, and to their parents to ensure they know of the risks, though this is of course critically important.

"The footage from Kilbarrack – where we have installed platform end barriers to counteract the problem – shows trespassers are adults and children, and adults must show example and responsibility also."

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