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WATCH: Terrifying moment youngster sprints across level crossing

By Alex Ross | Stourbridge | News | Published:

This is the terrifying moment a youngster sprints across a level crossing as its barriers come down, in a prank described as 'shocking' by transport bosses.

Video of the prank

Network Rail released the video from Blakedown level crossing, near Stourbridge in Worcestershire.

It shows a youth run across the crossing as the barriers come down, rolling under one to get out of the way of an oncoming train.

Shocking video shows life threatening prank at Blakedown level crossing

YouTube user Andrew Gwilt commented: "That's more like a stupid stunt from a stupid kid. Why do these kids do these things. They just don't know the dangers."

It comes on the day of a new safety campaign being launched.

Over the past 10 years almost 170 young people have lost their lives after trespassing on the railway.

Just under half of those killed are under the age of 25.

Allan Spence, head of public and passenger safety for Network Rail, said: "Britain has the safest railway in Europe but trespass reports are rising.

"As the railway gets busier and we electrify more lines to improve services, we must work harder to keep young people safe by making them aware that if they go on the railway they are dangerous grounds."

Alex Ross

By Alex Ross
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