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Queensland Rail is pleading with people not to take risks near railways, releasing a video showing the blatant disregard for safety around trains.
It shows “scary” near misses including people crossing the tracks within metres of being struck — one to hand a mate a box of hot chips — and even a cyclist giving the “finger” to a speeding train which narrowly misses him
Queensland Rail General Manager Safety Greg Fill said “the footage is scary”, singling out the man who crossed the tracks to deliver food, at Loganlea station.
“There’s no doubt that this reckless move could have ended in tragedy,” Mr Fill said
“Crossing a railway track is not on, it isn’t a shortcut and it isn’t safe. Many trains, including express services, travel through that area and there’s no doubt this boy was placing himself in danger, for the sake of saving a few seconds compared with crossing safely.
“Queensland Rail has education programs which we run in the community and in schools which teach young people about staying safe and never entering the rail corridor.
“I think this is something everyone needs to be reinforcing, in our homes, schools and the community. Many young people do catch the train and we need to ensure that they are well aware of the risks involved at railways.”
One of the near misses, this time at Loganlea station. The man is holding a styrofoam box of food.The video shows a number of near-misses.
■ The first is at Wynnum Central, where a pedestrian is filmed, from a camera mounted on the rose of a train, crossing the tracks at the last second and dashing to the crossing gate.
■ The second scene, also at Wynnum, shows two women beyond the white safety fence talking, one giving the other directions. Cars are passing behind them, indicating that the boom gates are open. One of the women walks off, but the other is caught behind the No Entry gate — which automatically closes when the boom gates come down to prevent people from entering the area allowing them to cross the tracks — closes. She appears to be texting on her phone, standing dangerously close to the train tracks. She is oblivious to an approaching train, which misses her at the narrowest of margins. Her panic is then evident, as she realised she almost was killed.
■ Another incident shows a person jumping from one raised platform to another, across the track, in front of a train. Then another person — possibly a child — does the same, both coming within metres of being hit.
■ At Coopers Plains, cars can be seen stopped in front of boom gates and flashing lights. A cyclist swerves across the opposite side of the road and crosses the tracks, raising his hand in what is assumed to be a rude sign. A speeding train cross the screen not a second later.
At Loganlea, a crowd of people is shown milling around the platform. A group is beyond the yellow safety line, when one of them jumps down onto the tracks and runs across the lines. He is holding a white styrofoam box, typical of that for takeaway. The man is then shown jumping up on the opposite platform, and hands another man the box.
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Loganlea Train Station. Pic MARK CALLEJAEDUCATION HOPED TO INCREASE SAFETY
MINISTER for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe said Queensland Rail, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, TransLink and the Queensland Police Service had teamed up to support Rail Safety Week, a national campaign and promote rail safety.
“Last financial year, Queensland Rail recorded 249 near misses across Queensland and the reality is that every one of these near misses was avoidable,” he said.
“The safety of the public, passengers and staff is Queensland Rail’s number one priority and people of all ages need to understand that reckless behaviour can have tragic consequences, not only for the person involved, but their family, friends and rail staff.”
Mr Hinchliffe said Queensland Rail, QPS and TransLink would be visiting stations and speaking with customers “to remind them of the importance of staying behind the yellow safety line, only crossing the tracks at designated crossings when it is safe to do so and remaining alert around trains and tracks”.
“Queensland Rail will also be visiting schools to promote the rail safety message and ensure that we instil good behaviours in our young people from an early age,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
This article first appeared on www.couriermail.com.au
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