Santa Refused To Stop In Grove Park!
Video shows two people running across the railway level crossing as train approaches
A Grove Park level crossing was the scene of a reckless sprint across the railway line by two people, one dressed in a Santa Claus costume.
Network Rail released a video taken on December 22nd 2016 which shows the pedestrians ignoring the warning lights that a train was coming.
The footage shows the barriers coming down while lights flash to warn that a train is approaching. However, once the barriers are down, one pedestrian pushes through the barrier to cross, followed by another shortly after.
The level crossing in Grove Park does have steps to an overhead walk so pedestrians are able to reach the other side if the barrier gates are down. However the couple did not bother to use the steps and ran across the line instead.
The video was released to warn the public not to take any chances with railway crossings.
Route managing director of Network Rail, Becky Lumlock, said: “There's no excuse for this kind of reckless behaviour.
“Trains go over this stretch of line at up to 60mph, and once the barriers are down that means a train is imminently approaching.
“A trip or
a stumble while trying to run across is all it would take, and the train
driver wouldn't have enough time to stop."
January 19, 2017