Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: James King, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a train smashes into a car on a railway crossing, sending it spinning.
The incident took place at a crossing on the Warsaw-Skierniewice railway line in the village of Radziwillow in Poland’s east-central Mazovia Province.
CCTV footage of the incident shows how the driver of the white car ignores the lowered barriers and decides to take his chances and speed over the crossing through the space between them.
However, as he tries to sneak through the gap, a train travelling at high speed suddenly smashes into the car, visibly damaging it and sending it spinning out of the camera’s view.
Despite the seriousness of the accident, the driver survived.
The fire brigade was called to the scene from the nearby town of Zyrardow and firefighters managed to remove the still-conscious man from his vehicle.
He was subsequently taken to hospital. No one else was injured in the accident, which delayed trains for around 20 minutes.
The driver’s current condition is unknown and it is also unknown if he has been charged for his reckless driving.
Road accidents have been declining over recent years in Poland. However, the country still has one of the highest road accident rates in Europe.
According to data from the Polish police, there were 2,487 deaths and over 26,000 people injured in road accidents in the country last year.
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