Shocking moment dad lets his two young daughters play on a LEVEL CROSSING while distracted by his phone | The Sun

THIS is the shocking moment a dad let his two young daughters play on a level crossing.

Terrifying video shows the dad distracted by his phone as the kids tightrope walk along the tracks.

The family was on the tracks for over a minute and a half on April 3.

CCTV shows the dad looking at his phone even after his daughter is heard saying “a train is coming”. 

Network Rail has released the clip of people risking their lives at footpath level crossings to warn others of the dangers.

Nearly 50 cases of misuse have been either reported by train drivers or caught on hidden cameras in Worcestershire and the West Midlands so far in 2023.

Another clip shows a dog walker encouraging two dogs to sit on the tracks while an onlooker takes a photo of them.

While a third sees loud music playing while a teenager does one-armed press ups in the middle of a crossing on April 4.

Alexandra France, Network Rail Level crossing safety manager, said: “In so many of the incidents filmed, the difference of just a few seconds could have led to tragedy for those involved. 

“I can’t downplay the danger they were in – with serious injury or worse a huge possibility.

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“No matter how well you think you know a crossing, all users must obey the rules around using level crossings every time they use it. 

“It just really isn’t worth the risk.”

A level crossing with a gate sign means that you are approaching a level crossing where trains may be passing, and where there will be gates.

Some level crossings have a full gate which blocks the road, while others may only have a partial barrier.

As with all level crossings, you must only cross if the green light signals to do so.

If the light is red, you must stop and wait.

Some crossing will have automatic barriers that will lift when it is time for drivers to cross.

Others have gates that need to be opened and closed manually.

If you find yourself at one of these crossings, you will need to exit your car and open the gates or barriers on both sides of the crossing when a green light dictates it is safe to do so.

If the light is still green when you return to your car, then you may then pass over the crossing.

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Once crossing, you should exit your car again and close the gates or barriers.

Some level crossings with a gate may have attendants that will open and close the barriers for drivers.

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