Published on : Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The incident, captured on CCTVshows two adults climb over a six-foot-high locked gate at Seamer station in North Yorkshire before inexplicably passing a toddler over the same gate and running across the tracks in front of a train as it pulls into the station.
The couple, who appear to be running late for the train, are then trapped inside the crossing and repeat the stunt on the opposite gate before running up to the platform – only to miss the train anyway.
This second incident, which happened at around 6:30pm on New Year’s Eve, comes just three weeks after Network Rail and the BTP issued a stark warning about staying safe at level crossings after a man pushing a bicycle was almost killed by a train at Ducketts level crossing in Pudsey, Leeds.
Robert Havercroft, level crossing manager for Network Rail, said: “Whereas the incident at Ducketts demonstrated how important it is to pay attention at level crossings, the incident at Seamer shows reckless disregard for a level crossing system which is designed purely to keep people safe. In making the mindblowing decision to not only climb over two sets of high, locked gates these adults have put their lives and the child’s life in extreme danger, apparently for the sake of trying to catch a train.
“They had no way of knowing for certain that the approaching train was stopping at the platform and they were lucky to avoid this becoming the most disastrous way to end the year.”