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TASRAIL has warned of Friday madness on the state's railways as motorists and pedestrians foolishly risk their lives with moving trains.
Last Friday an impatient motorist overtook a waiting vehicle at a railway crossing and missed a moving train by just three metres.
The driver ignored flashing lights and warning bells at the Derwent Park crossing in Hobart.
The state-owned rail company's corporate relations manager, Polly McGee, said such irresponsible behaviour was demonstrated usually on a Friday between 3pm and 5pm.
"Near misses take place at least once a week," Ms McGee said.
Young people were found "surfing" on the rear wagons of trains in the North-West in two separate instances in the past few days.
The first incident occurred when two youths were found riding in a train's wagon at 2.15pm on Friday in Burnie.
They were last seen running down the tracks, Ms McGee said.
Yesterday about 3.30am two young people were again found in a train's rear wagon.
Ms McGee said the driver of the train "flagged down" police patrolling the area who cleared the train after the youths fled along the tracks.
"We have zero tolerance for this behaviour," Ms McGee said.
"Trains are big; they're heavy and they can cause a lot of damage.
"We don't want our message reinforced by a fatality."
She said too many problems occurred due to ``sheer impatience".
"There's a clear correlation between the end of work on a Friday and the occurrence of these incidents,'' she said.
The actions caused "fright and shock for TasRail's drivers".
This article first appeared on www.examiner.com.au
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