Wednesday 16 Aug 2017
Shocking video shows life threatening prank at Blakedown level crossing
- London North Western
A shocking video showing a youngster running across a Worcestershire level crossing and throwing himself under the safety barriers has been released by Network Rail.
The irresponsible youth is seen darting across Blakedown level crossing after the warning lights and sounds begin and the safety barriers are lowering. He then dives under the far side barrier at the last minute.
The crossing on Station Drive is regularly misused. Earlier in the year Network Rail gave out information in the area on how to use the crossing correctly after repeated incidents of misuse. Examples included vehicles weaving around and hitting the barriers and pedestrians jumping the barriers after they were lowered.
Ben Parish, route level crossing manager for Network Rail, said: “This selfish individual has little respect for his own safety or the safety of others by doing this irresponsible act. Level crossing barriers and warning lights are there to help road users, pedestrians and railway users stay safe. Misusing crossings in this way could result in serious injury or worse.
“I can’t emphasise strongly enough the importance of safe and sensible level crossing use. If anyone has any concerns about a level crossing I would urge them to contact us immediately.”
Figures from Network Rail reveal that young people are more likely to have a near miss at a level crossing during the summer - light nights, coupled with the summer holidays, spell extra danger with August and early September seeing near misses at level crossings rise. (1)
While Britain still has the safest rail network in Europe, level crossings are one of the biggest public safety risks on the railway. In the last five years there have been more than 2,000 incidents on level crossings involving young people.
To report incidents like this or any other railway-related crime contact Network 24 hours-a-day on 03457 11 41 41. For more information on level crossings visit www.networkrail.co.uk/level-crossings
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