Nailbiting moment a man trapped on railway tracks has just seconds to hoist himself to safety but FAILS as a train approaches – here’s what happened next
- Man trapped on train tracks is unable to escape as train is speeding towards him
- He has just eight seconds from getting on the tracks to train being on top of him
- Driver slams on his brakes and manages to grind it to a halt just as it reaches him
- Rail bosses warn 3,000 people a year dicing with death on Melbourne network
Spine-chilling CCTV footage has been released of a panicking man trapped on a railtrack and unable to escape as a train bears down on him.
The man has just eight seconds to try to hoist himself back to the safety of the station platform before the train reaches him – but he can’t find the strength.
Luckily for him, the driver slams on his brakes and manages to grind the train to a halt with literally centimetres to spare, saving the man from a horrific death.
The clip was just one a series of videos released by Melbourne’s Metro trains in a campaign to reduce the death toll on the tracks from trespassers and pranksters.
CCTV caught one apparently distracted commuter walking into the side of a moving train and almost plunging to near-certain death between it and the platform.
Breathtaking CCTV footage has been released of a panicking man trapped on a railtrack and unable to escape as a train bears down on him (pictured)
Another daredevil deliberately stepped to within millimetres of a speeding express train – only to be hit on the arm and badly injured by a train mirror.
Rail bosses say the service is plagued by more than 3,000 people risking their life by trespassing on the tracks and taking shortcuts across the rail lines.
‘People are taking significant risks,’ Metro Trains chief executive Raymond O’Flaherty told Seven News.
‘It’s not easy for a train to come to a sudden stop and there’s significant braking distance involved.’
Transport minister Ben Carroll added: ‘It’s not worth it.
CCTV caught one apparently distracted commuter walking into the side of a moving train and almost plunging to near-certain death between it and the platform. (Pictured, commuters at Yarraville)
‘Lifetime consequences for you, your family, the passengers, the train driver, the first responders… Please don’t do it.’
The state is now rolling out anti-trespass mats at key points on the network to try to deter trespassers and make it harder for them to sneak onto the railway lines.
The pyramid-bumped mats make it almost impossible to walk on, and rail bosses hope just the site of them will be enough to stop people dicing with death.
The mats will initially be installed at Flinders Street Station and five others on the network.
‘If they won’t stop you just looking at them visually, they’ll certainly stop you or make it so much more difficult when you attempt to trespass,’ Mr Carroll said.
Rail bosses say the service is plagued by more than 3000 people risking their life by trespassing on the tracks and taking shortcuts across the rail lines. (Pictured, Metro trains in Melbourne)