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CCTV shows how father allowed daughters to play on LEVEL CROSSING

Father-of-two who allowed his daughters to play on a LEVEL CROSSING is among those shamed by railway bosses pointing out the danger of the tracks

  • Nearly 50 cases of misuse were caught in Worcestershire and the West Midlands

A father-of-two who allowed his daughters to play on a level crossing is among those shamed by railway bosses who are pointing out the dangers of the tracks.

Disturbing video included in a CCTV compilation shows how the father allowed his two young girls to play on the line pointing out the ‘pretty hills’ in the distance to them on April 3 this year. 

The family was on the tracks for over a minute and a half, during which the father was seen looking at his phone even after his daughter said ‘a train is coming’. 

Network Rail has released footage of six incidents in which people risked their lives at footpath crossings in Worcestershire and the West Midlands this year.

Railway bosses said the shocking video, which was released as a safety warning to others, depicts just a handful of examples in which members of the public were dicing with death at level crossings.

A father-of-two who allowed his daughters to play on a level crossing is among those shamed by railway bosses who are pointing out the dangers of the tracks, CCTV footage has revealed

The video shows how the father allowed his two young girls to play on the line pointing out the ‘pretty hills’ in the distance to them on April 3 this year. The family was on the tracks for over a minute and a half, during which the father was seen looking at his phone even after his daughter said ‘a train is coming’

Nearly 50 cases of misuse have been either reported by train drivers or caught on hidden cameras in Worcestershire and the West Midlands so far in 2023, Network Rail has revealed.

In one instance – included in the compilation video – a teenager was caught on CCTV doing one-armed press ups in the middle of a crossing while loud music plays in the background on April 4.

Three days earlier, a dog walker was recorded encouraging their two dogs to sit on the tracks while an onlooker takes photo of them.

Another example showed how a primary school boy on a scooter rushed in front of an oncoming train which thunders by seven seconds later on May 18.

Other children were captured placing ballast stones on the track so they are run over by trains.

In one instance – included in the compilation video – a teenager was caught on CCTV doing one-armed press ups in the middle of a crossing while loud music plays in the background on April 4

Three days earlier, a dog walker was recorded encouraging their two dogs to sit on the tracks while an onlooker takes photo of them

Other children were captured placing ballast stones on the track so they are run over by trains

Alexandra France, Network Rail Level crossing safety manager, said: ‘In so many of the incidents filmed, the difference of just a few seconds could have led to tragedy for those involved.

‘I can’t downplay the danger they were in – with serious injury or worse a huge possibility.

‘No matter how well you think you know a crossing, all users must obey the rules around using level crossings every time they use it. It just really isn’t worth the risk.’

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