Dutch Train Company Releases Shocking Video To Show Dangers Of Level Crossings
We all know the importance of staying safe at level crossings, right? When rail meets road, you've got to have your wits about you as a pedestrian, motorist or cyclist.
Network Rail figures show that the UK is pretty savvy when it comes to level crossings. In the Netherlands it's a different story, with a recent report stating how the Emergency Center has registered more than 3,600 incidents this year alone, while the number of near-collisions with people and vehicles on the railway is increasing.
In a bid to put a stop to the accidents continuing at level crossings, the country's leading firm, ProRail, has launched an information campaign in cooperation with transporters and trade unions to warn road users with 'horror films' that show the dangers of careless behaviour on the tracks.
One such video, which can be seen above, shows a young boy crossing the tracks on his bike after ensuring the oncoming train had passed - little did he know that another train was approaching in the other direction.
In the tense video, the boy can be seen dodging the train within an inch of his life. One millisecond out and he would've been toast.
Along with the video, ProRail warned that their trains now run quieter, meaning the chances of collisions have increased. As such, those travelling past or near the tracks need to be on high alert in order to move across safely.
A spokesperson for the rail company said: "On those images you'll see horrifying examples of how... incidents go horribly wrong when crossing the track. Not only through reckless behaviour, but also often through inattention."
Apparently in 2018 alone there have been 13 deaths both on unguarded and secured crossings. Luckily for the boy in the footage he managed to escape unscathed, but it could've been a very different story.
As the spokesperson went on to say: "He lost his back light. The driver was shocked... he [the cyclist] narrowly escaped death. He must have had a guardian angel on his shoulder."
For a 47-year-old man in Santpoort, he wasn't so lucky and sadly lost his life last weekend on an unguarded level crossing.
The ProRail spokesperson highlighted the impact these incidents have on the family and friends of those who are hit, but also on the train drivers, conductors, incident fighters and train traffic controllers.
The firm added: "The danger is greatly underestimated."
Featured Image Credit: ProRail