THIS is the heart-stopping moment a driver was forced to take cover under his own train to avoid being killed by an oncoming 105 mph locomotive, The Sun reports. The Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) employee avoided certain death by just three seconds as the train raced towards him.
With no time to get out of the way, the quick-thinking driver rolled under his own train. Miraculously, he was unharmed in the terrifying incident. Shocking CCTV footage taken from the cab of the train speeding towards him shows the driver – wearing a hi-vis jacket – lying under his train between two tracks.
A report by the Rail Accident Investigation Board (RAIB) found that the incident was caused by a lack of understanding between the driver and a trainee signaller. He had been driving the 7.55am Virgin service from Inverness to London King’s Cross on August 3 but needed to check the train wheels when it lost power at Kyle Beck.
He asked the on-duty signaller at York to stop the two adjacent lines temporarily while he was outside of the cab. The RAIB said: “It is possible that the driver may not have heard what the trainee signaller said or that he had misunderstood what he was being told.
“As a result, the driver and the trainee signaller did not reach a clear understanding about stopping trains on the adjacent lines, and the driver subsequently alighted from the driving cab of his train, incorrectly believing it was safe to do so.”
The report added: “He then lay down close to his train in the space between the down fast and up fast lines; he was lying on the ground with three seconds to spare.”