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.
The video uploaded on YouTube shows a pedestrian crossing near the Mount Eden station in Auckland. Even as the warning lights and bells go off, many people can be seen making a run to the other side safely. All but one woman.
The woman wearing a pink jacket can been seen sauntering around the train tracks and within split seconds leaps to safety as a speeding train comes her way. Oblivious to the oncoming train, the woman only looks towards her right even though the train is headed towards her from the left. The driver hit the emergency brakes after spotting the woman as the train comes to a halt. No injuries were reported in the incident that happened on the morning of 7th April.
The identity of the woman is still unknown.
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."
A train safety expert told NZ Herald said that more than 100 people have died in New Zealand in he past ten years on railway tracks, tunnels and bridges.