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Moment cyclist barges through level crossing and is nearly hit by train

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 12/05/2017 Daniel O'Mahony
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This is the moment a cyclist escaped death by inches after barging through gates at a level-crossing into the path of an oncoming South West service to Waterloo.

Video footage shows the “aggressive” man lifting his mountain bike over the railings outside North Sheen station, before prising open the gates to squeeze himself through in front of a crowd of schoolchildren.

Shocked bystanders pleaded with the cyclist to wait, but he screamed back “I don’t f****** care mate” – a split-second before the train rushed past.

As the Waterloo-bound train blared its horn the man, decked out in a cap, shorts and puffa jacket, threw up his arm in apparent fury.

According to the witness who captured the footage yesterday afternoon, the reckless shortcut was in vain because the train drew to a halt at a station just the other side of the crossing, blocking the line.

He said: “He got back over the barrier and went over the footbridge as the train was now halted.”

Broadcaster and cycling campaign Jeremy Vine shared the video with his 600,000 followers on Twitter, saying: “The barrier is there for a reason.

“And when this j**k has to be scraped off the front of a train, the poor driver needs counselling for years.”

Another user said: “I hope he is recognised, reported, nicked and banged up. His stupid actions could have injured and or killed innocent others on the train.”

British Transport Police has been contacted for comment.

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