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VIDEO: Cyclist in closest near miss rail bosses have ever seen

By Rarken  |  Posted: October 02, 2013

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A scene from the video of the level crossing near miss

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YOU might take a sharp intake of breath at the critical moment in this video.

It has been released by British Transport Police and has been described by Network Rail directors as one of the closest near misses they have ever seen.

Sadly, similar incidents have been seen across South West Wales, despite repeated warnings to people not to risk their lives at level crossings.

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The footage shows a young woman pedalling past the barriers at a crossing in Waterbeach, Cambridge, and stopping just in time as a train thunders past.

The train driver hit the emergency brake after the incident in Waterbeach and police are now trying to track down the female cyclist.

Richard Schofield, Network Rail route managing director, said: “This is one of the closest incidents of near miss we’ve seen.

“The person using the crossing not only didn’t hear the train but ignored the warning lights and barriers, putting her life, the lives of passengers and the train driver in danger.

“Warning systems at level crossings are there for a reason, to protect users from the railway. I hope the release of this footage will highlight the importance of following the safety advice at level crossings.”

PC Matt Mildinhall, the investigating officer for British Transport Police, said: “This woman simply put her life on the line by not only ignoring the warning lights but went through the barriers and onto the line.

“We are very keen to speak to her about the incident and explain the danger she not only put herself in but others around the crossing at the time.”

The footage comes after Network Rail recently launched its latest safety campaign called Track Tests, which revealed a third of people (32 per cent) thought they would hear a train in time to move out of the way.

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