VIDEO: Bicyclist in the Netherlands narrowly escapes being hit by train

Posted at 7:47 AM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 08:08:52-05

(NBC) - A chilling video shows a cyclist narrowly escaping being hit by a freight train in the Netherlands.

The near-tragedy prompted Dutch rail operator Pro-Rail to start a safety initiative, highlighting dangers of unguarded crossings.

The incident happened a few months ago, but the organization decided to release the surveillance video in November to make people more cautious while crossing rail-road tracks.

Footage shows a man wheeling his bike through the gates at a rail-road crossing point, then waiting for the first train to pass.

He then proceeded to cycle across the tracks as a second train approached from the opposite direction, prompting the cyclist to speed up.

The man very narrowly missed being hit by the second train, and safely reached the other side.

Three people had died on crossings in the Netherlands in 2018 since Pro-Rail's statement on safety was released Nov. 2.

Courtesy NBC News Channel