Sunday 22 April 2018

Rail company release footage of terrifying near misses at level crossings in safety warning

Claire Williamson

Northern Irish transport company Translink has released shocking footage of a series of near misses as they issue a warning about taking risks at level crossings.

The footage shows terrifying moments where people took a risk at level crossings putting themselves and others in danger.

In one clip from January 2017 it shows a group of young people crossing when the barrier is down, the last person makes it across just seconds before the train comes.

Numerous cars are also seen having to reverse after they get through the crossing but realise they don't have enough time to get across and then attempt to turn back.

In another, a person is seen hopping over the barrier when it is down and the lights are flashing red indicating that train is nearby, and they proceed to run across the crossing.

In the final shocking moment a man is seen falling over the side of the train platform and fellow passengers scramble to help him back up before the train comes.

The footage is part of an appeal to parents to help reinforce the message that railways are not safe places to play or congregate.

Translink say they see an increase in unsafe behaviour over the summer months.

Head of Rail Operations Richard Knox said: “Young people are more inclined to congregate at our stations and rail halts during the summer months and we see an increase in people walking along the railway line or crossing the tracks, which is an extremely dangerous practice.

“Many young people unwittingly put themselves at risk. A distraction such as using a mobile phone or a momentary lapse of concentration can have massive implications and trains travelling at 70mph need the length of four football pitches in order to stop”.

“We have a zero tolerance approach to trespass or anti-social behaviour. We offer a reward of up to £1,000 for those who give evidence which leads to a successful conviction”.

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