Foolish Australian man narrowly avoids being creamed by oncoming train

A man narrowly survived being hit by a commuter train after trying to cross railway tracks in Melbourne, Australia.

    2016/02/22

NSFW    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — A man's stupidity was captured on video after his reckless railway crossing nearly got him killed.

In surveillance footage released by Australian train operator V/Line, an early-morning commuter can be seen casually hopping down the tracks as a train pulls away.

Taking a shortcut, he strolls to the other side, not even bothering to look both ways. As a result, he doesn't see the train coming right at him until the last second.

Seconds away from impact, the man notices the danger and runs for his life. He makes it safely back to the other side, to the relief of everyone else on the platform.

The dramatic incident happened 6:40 a.m. on February 9 at Craigieburn Station in Melbourne's north, according to The Age.

The train's driver says he saw the man just ten meters ahead and hit the emergency brakes, but wouldn't have stopped in time.

The incident is the 143rd near-hit in the past year, and prompted a warning from V/Line urging passengers to be more careful and alert around tracks.
The train coming at the man was reportedly going around 90 km/hour. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / OZZMOSIS
The train coming at the man was reportedly going around 90 km/hour. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS / OZZMOSIS
The reckless railroad crosser has not been identified. YOUTUBE / V/LINE
The reckless railroad crosser has not been identified. YOUTUBE / V/LINE
The incident was classified as a near-hit, which includes any situation in which a train driver has to resort to evasive action- sounding the horn or applying emergency brakes. YOUTUBE / V/LINE
The incident was classified as a near-hit, which includes any situation in which a train driver has to resort to evasive action- sounding the horn or applying emergency brakes. YOUTUBE / V/LINE
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