Shocking Irish rail CCTV footage shows split second escape from speeding train

19th Apr 17 | Entertainment News

Shock CCTV footage from Kilbarrack station shows one trespasser who avoids being killed by a split second, as the Dublin to Belfast Enterprise speeds through at 140km/hr.

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail has revealed that train drivers had 32 near misses in 2016, which forced them to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting a person.

A spokesperson for Irish Rail said:

"Any one of these trespass incidents at Kilbarrack, or any one of the 32 ‘category 1’ near misses around the network could have resulted in a tragic and needless death or catastrophic injuries.

A parent carrying a stroller who falls and hurts themselves or their child leaves the driver of the train in an impossible situation – trains take considerable distances to come to a halt even at moderate speeds, and a train cannot swerve around a stricken trespasser.

Furthermore, modern tracks and trains are a lot more silent and customers may not be aware they are approaching – as can be seen from the extraordinary escape one trespasser had last December.

Trespassers have been seen crossing with headphones meaning their awareness will be dramatically reduced."

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