A MAN who allegedly tried to speed across a railway line is lucky to be alive today.
According to witnesses, his brush with death was like something out of a movie.
His car was hit by a train on the railway line in Mapleton, near Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni. He was almost crushed to death.
It’s not clear whether the man miscalculated how far away the train was or was taking a chance and tried to speed across the tracks before the train arrived.
The train crashed into the side of his car but he managed to escape death. He sustained injuries and was rushed to hospital.
Ekurhuleni emergency services spokesman William Ntladi said they responded to the incident swiftly and rescued the driver.
“The incident took place at the railway level crossing on Northern Road just outside Vosloorus. A disaster and emergency management services rescue team from Vosloorus was able to rescue the driver from the wreckage,” he said.
“The driver was transported to Clinix Private Hospital in Vosloorus for further medical care.”
The road had to be closed for most of the day as authorities conducted investigations on the scene.