Jaw-dropping moment woman nearly hit by train on level crossing

The driver was forced to slam on the emergency brakes after the woman ignored the warning lights


This the heart-stopping moment a woman was almost struck by a train as she walked over a level crossing.

The driver was forced to slam on the emergency brakes after the woman ignored warning lights and bells to cross the track at Mount Eden station in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday morning.

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Footage released by Auckland Transport showed the woman was missed by centimetres as she appeared distracted while on the crossing.

Auckland Transport rail services manager Craig Inger said it was "disturbing" two men and a woman with her dog also crossed the tracks while the lights flashed.

Credits: Auckland Transport

The woman appeared distracted as she walked over the level crossing

He said: "We've checked the footage of this morning's incident and we can see the woman checked to her right before crossing but not to her left and that's where the train was coming from.

"It's really important that that you check both directions before crossing, a train can come from either direction.

"The lights and bells mean don't cross."

Credits: Auckland Transport

The driver applied the emergency brakes, missing her by centimetres

He urged people not to be distracted by their mobiles or earphones because electric trains were quieter than diesel ones.

More than 100 people have died in New Zealand in the past 10 years on railway tracks, tunnels and bridges, according to rail chiefs.

Credits: Auckland Transport

Rail chiefs released the footage to warn others not to ignore warning lights and bells

TrackSAFE's Megan Drayton said: "Most railway deaths are preventable if people follow basic safety rules around tracks and trains – only ever cross railway tracks at formed level crossings and obey the signs and signals that are there to protect you.

"Trains are extremely fast and quiet, they can't swerve to avoid a person or object on the tracks. The best the train driver can do is put on the emergency brakes and hope for the best."

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