When Crossing, Look Both Directions: Left and Right

Source: NZ Herald, Apr 2017

Woman narrowly avoids oncoming train at suburban Auckland station

Dramatic footage has emerged of a woman who narrowly avoided serious injury or death after crossing an Auckland rail line moments before a train whizzes by.

Security camera footage shows the woman walking over the tracks at a dedicated pedestrian crossing at Mt Eden station this morning.

The near miss occurred despite the warning bells sounding and lights flashing. Several other pedestrians also crossed the tracks despite the warning signs.

Auckland Transport rail services manager Craig Inger said people must take care around the rail network because of the high number of trains in Auckland.

“We’ve checked the footage of this morning’s incident and we can see the woman checked to her right before crossing but not to her left and that’s where the train was coming from.

“It’s really important that you check both directions before crossing, a train can come from either direction.”

He said it was disturbing to see several other people crossing before the woman.

“The lights and bells mean don’t cross!”


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