Safety warning as train CCTV catches shocking near miss with dog walkers

Onboard driver CCTV has caught the moment two women and a dog narrowly missed being hit by a train at a Lancashire level crossing this week.

Friday, 29th January 2021, 4:15 pm

The terrifying footage, released as a warning today (Friday 29 January) by Network Rail and train operator Northern, shows one of the women crouching down picking up her dog at Challan Hall footpath level crossing in Silverdale with just seconds to spare before the train passed.

The other woman then waves at the train driver as the Northern service came to an emergency stop at 11.15am on Monday 25 January.

The maximum speed for trains on this section of line is 60mph.

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Near miss at Challan Hall footpath crossing at Silverdale in January 2021

Simon Shipperd, level crossing safety manager for Network Rail, said: “The difference of just a few seconds could have led to tragedy for these two people and I can’t downplay the danger they were in – both are very lucky to have not been seriously injured or killed.

“No matter how well you think you know a crossing, all users must stop, look and listen every single time they cross the railway, and dogs should kept on a lead at all times.”

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern, said: “It’s hard to believe the risks people are willing to take at railway crossings.

“Not only are they putting themselves in harms way, their actions can have a significant impact on drivers and other rail staff who have to deal with the aftermath of tragic incidents.”

After releasing the video, Network Rail has reissued its guidance on how to use level crossings safely as a pedestrian.

People should:

Concentrate – it’s easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music and conversation.

Stop, look and listen. Follow signs and instructions.

Check both ways before crossing – if there is a train coming, don’t cross.

Understand the warnings (lights, barriers, alarms). Visit level crossings for pedestrians to find out more.

Cross quickly, keeping children close and dogs on a lead.

For more information and resources on how to use all types of level crossings safely, visit www.networkrail.co.uk/level-crossing-safety/It is thanks to our loyal readers that we can continue to provide the trusted news, analysis and insight that matters to you. For unlimited access to our unrivalled local reporting, you can take out a subscription here and help support the work of our dedicated team of reporters.