'Blinding explosion' as yobs push bike in front of commuter train

'Blinding explosion' as yobs push bike in front of commuter trainThe train makes a 'blinding explosion' as it crashes into the bike. Photo: British Transport Police


Mindless thugs put innocent passengers' lives at risk and caused a "blinding explosion" after pushing a bike on to tracks in front of an oncoming passenger train.

The collision sent sparks flying as the bike hit the electric live rail - and the scene was caught on camera at the level crossing at Bedhampton station in Hampshire.

'Blinding explosion' as yobs push bike in front of commuter trainYouths are seen riding across the tracks. Photo: British Transport Police


British Transport Police played back CCTV tapes and saw two youths ride across the track, and them, out of shot, one of the bikes was left on the tracks.

It is not known whether the youths were deliberately trying to derail the Southern train, which runs from Barnham to Portsmouth and Southsea.

'Blinding explosion' as yobs push bike in front of commuter trainA bike is then pushed back on to the tracks. Photo: British Transport Police


Inspector Mick Morriss said: "CCTV captured two youths riding across the level crossing at 1.34am.

"Seconds later, out of shot, one of the bikes is pushed back towards the crossing - we believe deliberately - landing on the tracks.

'Blinding explosion' as yobs push bike in front of commuter trainThe bike then lands on the tracks, where it stays. Photo: British Transport Police


"Two hours later it was struck by the early morning 3.34am Southern service from Barnham to Portsmouth and Southsea, causing an explosion and sending a blinding shower of sparks flying into the air.

"I simply cannot over-emphasise enough the dangers of this type of crime. Trains travel at high speeds and there is a very real risk when they strike objects on the track that they could be derailed."

'Blinding explosion' as yobs push bike in front of commuter trainThe Southern train then crashes into the bike. Photo: British Transport Police


He added that he would like to hear from anybody that had any information about the incident.


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