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Young people running across rail tracks directly in front of trains or jumping from moving carriages has led the NSW government to warn their "ludicrous" actions are placing lives at risk.
More than 2100 illegal incidents have occurred on the state's extensive rail network over the past year, which in some instances has left people with serious disabilities.
And, in an attempt to highlight the dangers of trespassing on rail corridors, the government released footage on Wednesday of young men running across tracks in front of trains and jumping from carriages onto station platforms.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said trespassers were "plain dumb and plain stupid", citing "ludicrous cases" over the past year of young people cutting across rail tracks with seconds to spare or riding on the back of trains.
"These trains are moving in some cases at up to 100km/h - there is no chance of the driver pulling it up and avoiding you being hit," he said. "In some cases we have seen people with permanent disabilities as a result of doing crazy things in the rail corridors."
Camera footage shows a man jump from a moving train onto a station platform in June.CREDIT:NSW GOVERNMENT
In some incidents, children had played chicken with 400-tonne trains as they passed rail crossings.
People caught trespassing on the rail corridor face a $5500 fine, while those responsible for damaging or spraying graffiti on trains face up to 12 months' jail.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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