Shocking video footage has emerged of the moment a Dutch cyclist came within inches of being hit by a train at a level crossing.
CCTV footage of the incident has been released by the rail authority in the Netherlands to warn the public of the dangers presented by level crossings.
ProRail, the organisation responsible for railway maintenance, posted the video on social media with a warning that two people die at level crossings each year.
Geert Vlogman of ProRail said: "As well as deaths, there are more than a hundred near-misses annually.
“If only people knew how often this almost goes wrong and what the consequences are for train drivers, guards, first responders, aid workers and survivors if things do go wrong – it’s hard to imagine people thinking that way.”
Vlogman’s responsibility is to decide which measures need to be take to prevent deaths at level crossings in the Netherlands.
Footage of the near miss was released after the death of a 47-year-old man at an unguarded crossing in Santpoort, North Holland on Saturday, November 17.
The 50-second video clip of the near miss was posted on Facebook by ProRail on Friday.
It shows the cyclist waiting at the level crossing while a train passes in one direction.
But as soon as the first train is gone, the cyclist rolls out into the middle of the tracks, apparently without looking in the opposite direction.
A double-decker train rapidly approaches the cyclist, who doesn’t see it until the very last second.
Fortunately, they are able to push out of the way, the train narrowly missing the back wheel of the bike.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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