A car was just an inch away from colliding with a train when the driver overlooked a red light at a level crossing.
The driver of the vehicle ignored the red light warning at the level crossing and went straight in front of the oncoming train in Lake District.
Network Rail has released driver’s footage on the tracks on the Wonder Mir branch line on Burnside to warn other drivers.
The car was so close to colliding with the camera’s angle that it only occupies the roof as it travels on straight tracks with its eyes closed.
Luckily the driver delivered it on time without colliding with the Northern Service.
The incident, which took place just after 9am on July 29, has been described by senior railway staff as one of the closest memories they have ever had.
Simon Shepard, Network Rail’s level crossing manager, said: “The driver of the car not only put himself in serious danger, but he also put the train driver and passengers in danger.
“It’s reckless driving on an astonishing level. Our advice is simple, but it’s about jumping on the lights, don’t do that, you’re endangering lives.
Chris Jackson, Regional Director for the North, said: “It’s unbelievable that anyone would take such risks at a level crossing.
“The potential impact of such a threat is devastating and it is only fortunate that nothing more serious has happened as a result of this incident.”
“It is important that road users and pedestrians respect the crossing and follow all instructions to ensure that they are used safely. When people refuse to follow the rules, we Network Rail and British Transport will continue to work with the police to identify those responsible.
Following the release of the video, Network Rail has reissued its guidelines on the safe use of driver level crossings.