A driver has been shown dicing with death on a level crossing – ignoring red lights and driving across the path of a train in the Lake District.
The driver cut in front of the train at a barrierless level crossing on the Windermere branch line at Burneside. Network Rail has released the footage as a warning to drivers.
Luckily the car made it across without causing a collision with the Northern service train.
Network Rail has said it was one of the closest near misses senior railway staff have seen.
Level crossing manager for Network Rail, Simon Shipperd, said: “Not only did this car driver put themselves in serious danger, they also put the train driver and passengers at risk too.
“This is careless driving on a shocking level. Our advice is simple – however tempting it is to jump the lights – don’t do it – you’re putting lives at risk.”
Regional director at Northern, Chris Jackson, said: “It’s unbelievable that anyone would take such risks at level crossings.
“The potential impact of such a risk is catastrophic and it is only through good fortune that this incident did not result in something far more serious.
“It is vital that road users and pedestrians respect crossings and follow all instructions to ensure they are used safely. When people refuse to follow the rules we will continue to work with Network Rail and British Transport Police to help trace those responsible.”