Police are investigating an incident in which a cyclist forced his way through closed barriers at a level crossing in south west London and was almost hit by a train.
The footage, originally posted by Twitter user Laughingcow4, was widely shared on the social network after being retweeted by broadcaster Jeremy Vine.
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) May 11, 2017
Vine added: “And when this jerk has to be scraped off the front of a train, the poor driver needs counselling for years.”
The footage was shot at North Sheen station, with one onlooker who urged the man to stop receiving the reply, “I don’t f*cking care, mate.”
He then gesticulated angrily at the train as it passed within inches of him, with the driver sounding the horn.
Laughingcow4, said that the train driver performed an emergency stop, meaning that the crossing became blocked and the man, whom he described as “very aggressive,” had to carry his bike over the footbridge.
South West Trains has confirmed that British Transport Police, which regularly underlines the importance of waiting at level crossings when the barrier is down, are investigating.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.