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Caught on CCTV: Dancing man dices with death by running across level crossing in front of express train

por Twyla Roybal (2021-01-22)

Caught on CCTV: Dancing man dices with death by running across level crossing in front of express train

By Daily Mail Reporter
Updated: 12:45 GMT, 24 March 2011

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Police have released a dramatic video of a man risking his life by running through a closed level crossing twice and almost being hit by an express train.

The CCTV footage shows the heart-stopping moment the man narrowly misses being crushed to death by a high-speed train by just four seconds.

The man, who has not been identified, is caught on camera risking his life as he runs across the line dancing and jeering while crossing barriers are coming down at Long Eaton in Nottingham on Sunday, March 13.

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Foolish behaviour: The man waltzes across the level crossing despite the barriers being closed

Taking his chances: The man lingers on the level crossing, seconds before a train passes

Two friends arrive and wait for him on the other side but moments later the impatient man runs back across the track to meet them.

He narrowly misses a fast moving train which speeds past him just four seconds later.

Sergeant Rob Bowley, from the British Transport Police, said he was appalled by the footage.


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'The risks taken by people at this and other crossings are simply unbelievable,' he said.

'In this instance the man has not only crossed the line whilst barriers were coming down but he also jumped back across narrowly missing being hit by the train.'

Lucky escape: The man reaches the other side of the level crossing but remains on the wrong side of the barrier as a train speeds into frame

Near miss: bau das dicas artesanato The train powers past the man, with his two friends looking on from the other side of the barrier

Sgt Bowley added: 'What is even more shocking is that the crossing has a staircase which runs over the track, allowing pedestrians to safely the track whilst the barriers are down.

'This is not only hugely dangerous and irresponsible but it could have had fatal consequences.'

Richard Pedley, community safety manager for Network Rail, added: 'A few centimetres difference and this could be an entirely different story.

'Re-entering a crossing once the barriers are down is extremely reckless.

'The train driver involved must have had an awful shock and the pedestrian was lucky to escape with his life.

'I hope these pictures help to remind people that crossing barriers and warning lights are there to protect your safety, and to use crossings properly.'

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