Shocking footage shows pedestrians risking their lives at a crossing

Shocking footage shows cyclists and pedestrians risking their lives racing across a notorious level crossing that injured 30 people in just one year

  • More than 30 people were injured at Pool High Street level crossing last year
  • CCTV footage shows some of them racing through the gates and hitting them
  • Cyclist was knocked off ploughing into one and pedestrian hit in the head 

More than 30 people have been injured trying to race across a notorious level crossing in Dorset before the boom gates go down.

Shocking CCTV footage released by Network Rail shows a cyclist knocked off his bike by ploughing into a gate, and other mishaps at the Poole High Street crossing.

A pedestrian was whacked on the head by a closing gate as he and dozens of others milled around the road and ignored the warning lights and alarms.

Shocking CCTV footage released by Network Rail shows a cyclist knocked off his bike by ploughing into a gate, and other mishaps at the Poole High Street crossing

Another ran through before awkwardly hitting his face getting under the other side, and another cyclist narrowly dodged collision.

Network Rail said there were were 86 incidents in Dorset last year and a third of them happened at the Poole crossing west of Bournemouth. 

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‘The cyclists and pedestrians from this footage were extremely lucky to have avoided serious harm – the consequences could have been so much worse, it said.

‘Incidents of this nature, particularly where people think they can make it over the level crossing before the barrier closes, are worryingly common in Dorset – particularly at Poole High Street.’

A pedestrian was whacked on the head by a closing gate as he and dozens of others milled around the road and ignored the warning lights and alarms

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