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Video: Near-death misses at level crossings captured on CCTV

A car driving towards closed barriers at a level crossing. Picture by Translink

FOOTAGE of cars smashing through level crossings and a man pushing a pram under railway barriers has been released by Translink as part of a new safety drive.

The company yesterday published CCTV footage of near misses at level crossings across Northern Ireland.

Some of the drivers involved, including a man who drove his tractor through a crossing just seconds before a train passed, were lucky to escape with their lives.

The man pushing a pram was spotted at a busy crossing in Coleraine, Co Derry.

A car was also spotted smashing through a barrier at the same crossing.

Translink, which operates Northern Ireland's public bus and rail service, said people who use railway crossings should be vigilant at all times.

They have advised the public to pay attention to warning lights and notices and never try to run through closing barriers.

Translink's director of infrastructure, John Glass, said: "People can put themselves and others at risk by not using crossings properly."

"We urge drivers and pedestrians to heed the notices, understand the warnings and stop until it is safe to proceed," he said.

"Any temptation to ignore warning lights and try to rush the barriers puts lives at risk.

"People should never assume that a train will be slowing as it passes through a crossing. Express trains do not stop at all stations and can travel at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. If a driver has to apply the emergency brakes, it can take over 900 metres for the train to stop."

Mr Glass said Translink had prosecuted several people for misusing level crossings.

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