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Stay behind the yellow line.
It's a simple message from the rail network that far too many commuters simply ignore.
Three boys caught on CCTV footage thought it was an optional extra.
A boy seen dangling his legs over the tracks before a train emerges. Picture: Supplied
Two of them are seen hopping down onto the tracks - casually using it as a footpath – while leaving their mate on the platform with his legs dangling over the edge.
The flashes of light on the steel signals danger approaching - a freight train - and he has no idea.
Moments later his shoes are seen being flung onto the platform.
"He had his legs broken but he could have lost both legs,” Transport Minister Andrew Constance told 9NEWS.
It's happening all over Sydney.
He throws something onto the tracks before getting out of the way. Picture: Supplied
In Blacktown, it was a deliberate game of chicken as a person seen on CCTV footage sees a train coming but sits down anyway. Picture: SuppliedIn Blacktown, it was a deliberate game of chicken as a person seen on CCTV footage sees a train coming but sits down anyway.
He throws something onto the tracks before getting out of the way.
Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins said “they think the platform edge is a seat”.
“It's a bacon slicer, you will lose your life,” Mr Collins told 9NEWS.
At Windsor, it was a blatant disregard for that message that saw two people sit on the edge of the platform.
While at Wenworthville, two girls are seen rolling around drunk.
At Wenworthville, two girls are seen rolling around drunk. Picture: SuppliedFor 15 minutes, they jump on and off the tracks giggling and skylarking right underneath the camera and using the platform like a sunbed.
“You’re just hoping 400 tonnes will slow down enough to avoid that impact but many, many times that doesn't occur,” Mr Collins said.
However, the new rail line from Rouse Hill through the city to Bankstown has technology to help stop this.
"We are going to see glass screens which will protect the community,” Mr Constance said.
“We will see that with Metro, and we will look closely at how we can retro-fit that across the rail network.”
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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