Parents have been warned over train safety after shocking footage emerged of a pram rolling away on a platform at Nuneaton train station.
The dramatic clip – captured recently – shows a woman in pink holding a baby on the platform watching a freight train pass by.
But, as she looks away the force of a passing freight train seems to suck the buggy, laden down with shopping bags, towards the path of the speeding vehicle.
Before the woman even notices, the buggy hits the side of one of the train containers with such force that it’s dragged along for a few seconds before being left a mangled wreck on the platform.
Following the crash, you can see evidence of all the bags strewn over the platform and train tracks. Fortunately, the buggy didn’t have a child in it at the time, but it could have been a very different story.
The Rail Safety and Standards Board uploadied the video to their Twitter account with the caption: ‘Horrifying moment a pram was struck by a speeding train. Thankfully the pram was empty, a disaster narrowly avoided.
‘Remember the railway is a dangerous place, always take extra care. @RSSB_rail’
Many followers have left comments expressing how shocked they were by the footage.
‘I’ve actually had nightmares about this happening’ said one, while another posted: ‘Oh my goodness, that took my breath away. Thank goodness it was empty 😮’.
One follower, however, commented on the nonchalant reaction of the woman on the platform: ‘Surprised at the lack of reaction. “Aw dangit, there goes my shopping”.’
While train travel is still said to be significantly safer than the car, and the risks to passengers are low, this particular incident at Nuneaton train station has served a reminder that care needs to be taken when on or near the platform edge.
A spokesman for the RSSB said: ‘The best way of keeping you, your children and your belongings safe is to keep hold of your pram, fully applying the brake where possible.
‘We know that anyone looking after children will have their hands full and may feel they can’t keep an eye on everything and everyone at once.
‘But the CCTV at Nuneaton shows just how important it is to keep control of a pushchair.
‘For its part, the rail industry will always want to work to make things safer for passengers.’