Jogger narrowly avoids being struck by a train while crossing tracks

Moment jogger wearing headphones runs across tracks in front of a train with just seconds to spare

  • The jogger darted across the tracks in Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire
  • The driver of the London to Oxford service filmed the near miss on November 6
  • Network Rail said the jogger ignored safety advice when crossing the tracks 
  • Pedestrians are advised to stop, look and listen before crossing railway tracks 

This is the moment a jogger wearing headphones was almost wiped out by a train after crossing railway tracks unaware a locomotive was approaching. 

The incident happened at the Ridge Way path level crossing in Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire. 

A driver on the Chiltern Railways service between London and Oxford on 8.30am on Friday November 6 filmed the near miss. 

This is the moment a jogger wearing headphones, in orange, can be seen crossing a railway level crossing in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire earlier this month 

The train was just seconds away as the jogger, unaware the locomotive was approaching, made his way onto the tracks

Network Rail released footage of the incident to warn other level crossing users of the dangers of walking across the tracks while wearing headphones 

Network Rail has issued a safety alert warning pedestrians to take care when using level crossings after the potentially fatal incident.  

Railway safety officials have released footage, which shows the jogger crossing the tracks with only seconds to spare. 

The incident has been officially categorised as a ‘near miss’.  

According to Network Rail, up to 121 high speed trains use the Ridgeway Path level crossing on a daily basis.  

Rhys Evans, level crossing manager at Network Rail, said: ‘The difference of just a few seconds could have led to tragedy for this level crossing user. No matter how well you think you know a crossing, all users must stop, look and listen every single time they cross the railway. Additionally, you must always remove headphones when using a level crossing.

The pedestrian used this level crossing in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire 

Pedestrians are advised to stop, look and listen before crossing the tracks

‘It would be easy to believe that level crossings in more rural areas would be less dangerous, but all crossings must be approached with the same caution and users must avoid distractions and concentrate on crossing the railway safely.”

Ian Hyde, engineering and safety director at Chiltern Railways, said:

‘Trains run frequently on the Chiltern network and the safe use of level crossings is critical to protect pedestrians who need to cross the railway as well as customers onboard our trains. 

‘Near misses leave drivers feeling very shaken and we would urge people to please respect the railway and when crossing, follow the instructions and remain vigilant at all times. 

‘This near miss, but for a few seconds, could have had far worse consequences.’

How to use a level crossing safely 

Network Rail has produced a guide on using a level crossing safely. 

  • Concentrate – it’s easy to get distracted, especially by phones, music and conversation. 
  • Stop, look and listen. 
  • Follow signs and instructions. 
  • Check both ways before crossing – if there is a train coming, don’t cross. Understand the warnings (lights, barriers, alarms). 
  • Visit level crossings for pedestrians to find out more. 
  • Cross quickly, keeping children close and dogs on a lead.

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