A cyclist came within seconds of being struck by a train when she dodged a closed level crossing barrier in Cambridgeshire. The train driver was forced to apply the emergency brake when he saw the woman at Waterbeach on 12 September. Richard Schofield, from Network Rail, said it was "one of the closest near misses we've seen".
British Transport Police are trying to trace the woman, who also ignored the
flashing lights and warning signals. More than 100 trains travel through the Waterbeach crossing each day, at
speeds up to 75mph (120km/h). Transport police officers have released images of the cyclist to highlight
the dangers of misusing level crossings.
The footage shows her cycling up to the tracks before braking hard and
scurrying backwards just as the train speeds past. Moments later, she can be seen mopping her brow. Jay Thompson, Greater Anglia's head of safety, said: "Not only was this
incident very traumatic for the driver, but it could have resulted in the
cyclist being killed."
Barbara Moss, who witnessed the near miss from the opposite platform, said:
"What she did was unbelievable and I'd say she's very lucky to still be
here. I've never seen anything like it, and I don't want to again." A spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP), said: "Our main priority is
to make sure the woman involved is alright, and find out exactly what
happened. But this sort of thing is a criminal offence and people can be charged with
failure to obey traffic signs or failure to stop."