Driver seen cowering next to rail line after diving out of way of oncoming 105mph train

CCTV footage shows him crouching by the rail in the nick of time


A train driver narrowly avoided being hit by a train after he managed to dive out the way seconds before it sped past at 105mph.

The unnamed Virgin East Coast employee was investigating a power failure on his train when the huge convoy came flying towards him.

With just three seconds to spare the driver dived next to his cab before the high-speed train passed.

A shocking CCTV image taken from the front of the passing train showed the driver cowering by his vehicle.

An investigation into the potentially fatal near-miss on August 3, was released today by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch .

The body found it was the result of a lack of "clear understanding" between the driver and a trainee signaller over whether a line blockage was in place.

The report stated the driver was attempting to carry out tests on the 7.55am Inverness to London King's Cross train when it experienced a loss of power at Kyle Beck, near Tollerton.

The driver contacted the on-duty signaller at York to request that trains on the two adjacent lines be stopped temporarily while he got out of the cab to test the train's wheels, reports Herald Scotland .

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The signaller was working under supervision, but he had not previously granted a line blockage to protect a driver needing to examine their train except in training scenarios, the report explained.

The report states: "The driver asked the trainee signaller if he had been granted the line blockage.

"The trainee signaller replied that he would call the driver back, without positively stating that the line blockage had not been granted.

"The driver did not repeat back the fact that he needed to wait for the signaller to call him back.

"It is possible that the driver may not have heard what the trainee signaller said or that he had misunderstood what he was being told.

"As a result, the driver and the trainee signaller did not reach a clear understanding about stopping trains on the adjacent lines, and the driver subsequently alighted from the driving cab of his train, incorrectly believing it was safe to do so.

"At the time it was six and a half miles away, but CCTV footage shows that the driver first became aware of the oncoming train "approximately six seconds before it reached him".

In the report it referred to a similar incident on January 20, 2008, when the driver of the 2.25pm from London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport, was standing alongside his train while two fitters made repairs to it.

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The driver had to dive out the way before he was struck by another train travelling at speed and threw himself to the ground as the train passed.

No-one was hurt in the incident, and there was no damage to trains or infrastructure.

In that case the RAIB investigation identified that the immediate cause of the incident was that the driver had not made arrangements for his own protection before going on the line.