Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a high-speed train narrowly misses a woman after she walked onto the tracks when the barriers had gone down at a level crossing.
The incident took place in the Dutch town of Ermelo on Friday, 10th September.
It is not known why the woman seen in the CCTV footage decided to run out onto the tracks when the barrier had already gone down.
However, it is possible she was running late for a train and tried to cross the tracks to reach the station platform on the other side.
She may then have retraced her steps when she realised the oncoming train was not stopping at the station, which is when she narrowly avoided being hit.
ProRail spokesman Aldert Baas said: “We have not been able to track her down, so it is unclear what possessed her. But of course, it is stupid.”
According to Baas, there are around 30 accidents involving pedestrians getting hit by trains in the country every year, and around 160 near-collisions.
Furthermore, over a third of train delays in the Netherlands are caused by people walking along the tracks.
In the Netherlands, walking on the train tracks is punishable with a fine of EUR 150 (GBP 129) and ignoring a red traffic light at a level crossing is punishable with a fine of EUR 230 (GBP 197).