Cyclist barely avoids death by train in chilling video

Cyclist barely avoids death by train in chilling video

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Cyclist barely avoids death by train in chilling video

A cyclist barely avoided a speeding train and escaped with his life while traversing over an unguarded railway crossing in a close call captured in chilling video in the Netherlands.

The incident occurred Saturday near the city of Haarlem, according to Bicycling.com.

The unidentified cyclist stopped for a train traveling on tracks nearest him and then began crossing after it passed. Apparently he didn’t notice a train coming on the other set of tracks traveling in the opposite direction. Once he did, he hustled to avoid what would have been a tragic collision.

ProRail, a government-backed agency overseeing maintenance and safety of the country’s railways, posted this surveillance video (with the rider’s face hidden) to show the dangers of unguarded railway crossings in its battle to make them safer.

“Unfortunately, this sometimes takes a long time in connection with all kinds of conversations that have to be conducted behind the scenes, for example with local residents, municipalities, provinces and other parties that have an interest in [adding railway guard gates],” ProRail explains in its YouTube description, as translated by Google Translate.

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“Often others want to keep an unguarded crossing, because it is an important crossing for them. A frequently heard argument for maintaining this kind of consideration is that people ‘can look after themselves.’”

Unfortunately that’s not always the case as evidenced in this video.

Photo is a screen grab from the video.

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