Woman escapes death by two seconds as she crosses rail line as freight train approaches


Chilling moment a woman carrying her dry-cleaning runs over a railway crossing seconds before an oncoming train

  • Woman in Wollongong near Sydney escaped death by seconds at rail crossing
  • She carried her dry cleaning across the track despite boom gates coming down
  • A freight train sped by just two seconds after she had crossed the railway track

A woman in a mini skirt carrying her dry cleaning narrowly escaped death by just two seconds as she crossed a railway line with a freight train approaching.

CCTV footage from two different angles shows the impatient pedestrian walking then running across the line at Wollongong, south of Sydney, in April this year.

Luckily for her, this woman at Woonona station narrowly missed out on being one of ten people killed or seriously injured between July 2008 and May 2021. 

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A woman carrying her dry cleaning escaped death by just seconds when she walked across a rail line just before a freight train came down the line

Shortly before 4pm on April 23, the woman wearing a mini skirt and white shoes snaked around locked gates by walking on the road after the boom gates had come down to stop traffic.

Despite a yellow Aurizon freight train approaching from her left, she walked than ran across the level crossing. 

She made it across the track on Park Road, on the corner of Railway Parade, just two seconds before north-bound locomotive headed north.

The New South Wales government has released footage of impatient people at railway crossings, including an elderly man on the South Coast in January 2020 who went to another gate to cross the railway track as the main gate was locked.

He made it to the track, with the Waratah train stopping in time after he waved his hands up in frustration. 

In another image, a Hyundai Tucson in June 2021 stopped in front of a boom gate after it had come down, leaving the SUV only a metre away from a Waratah commuter train. 

Despite a yellow Aurizon freight train approaching from her left, she walked than ran across the track. She made it across the track on Park Road, on the corner of Railway Parade, just two seconds before the locomotive heads north

Despite a yellow Aurizon freight train approaching from her left, she walked than ran across the track. She made it across the track on Park Road, on the corner of Railway Parade, just two seconds before the locomotive heads north

CCTV footage from two different angles shows the impatient pedestrian walking then running across the line at Wollongong, south of Sydney, in April this year. Luckily for her, this woman at Woonona station narrowly missed out on being one of ten people killed or seriously injured between July 2008 and May 2021.

CCTV footage from two different angles shows the impatient pedestrian walking then running across the line at Wollongong, south of Sydney, in April this year. Luckily for her, this woman at Woonona station narrowly missed out on being one of ten people killed or seriously injured between July 2008 and May 2021.

Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said pedestrians needed to realise trains could not stop in time.

‘The reckless behaviour by both drivers and pedestrians in this footage is very concerning – they’re not only risking their own lives, but spare a thought for the train driver, who very easily could have had his life changed forever,’ he said.

‘You might think you are saving yourself some time, but as you can see in some of the security camera footage, an oncoming train with no way of stopping could be just seconds a-way.’

The New South Wales government has released footage of impatient people at railway crossings including an elderly man on the South Coast who went to another gate to cross the railway track as the main gate was locked. He made it to the track, with the Waratah train stopping in time as he waved his hands up in frustration.

The New South Wales government has released footage of impatient people at railway crossings including an elderly man on the South Coast who went to another gate to cross the railway track as the main gate was locked. He made it to the track, with the Waratah train stopping in time as he waved his hands up in frustration.

In another image, a Hyundai Tucson stopped in front of a boom gate after it had come down, leaving the SUV only a metre away from a Waratah commuter train

In another image, a Hyundai Tucson stopped in front of a boom gate after it had come down, leaving the SUV only a metre away from a Waratah commuter train

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