Shocking moment idiot teenage girl lies on 85mph train track while on phone

A TEENAGE girl has been caught on CCTV lying in the middle of a railway while on her phone.

The shocking picture has been released by Network Rail in a plea to keep youngsters away from the tracks.

The image, captured by CCTV at a level crossing near Horsham in West Sussex, shows the teen lying down, while her friend is distracted by her phone.

Trains reach speeds of 85mph on that section of track.

Images of two boys walking down the track at Bewbush near Crawley were also released to highlight the dangers of straying onto train tracks.

It comes after figures released in March showed there was a 40 per cent increase in youth trespass incidents in south-east London, Surrey and Sussex after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted following the first national lockdown.

Network Rail head of route quality, health, safety and environment, Vincent van der Hoeven said: “We really must get the message across to children and their parents the dangers of trespassing on the track."

Community safety manager on the South East route, Nicola Dooris, added: "On that section of track, trains often travel at 85mph and at that speed, unlike cars, trains can take hundreds of metres to stop, a fact many young people don't realise.

"Using CCTV like this I'm often able to track down young people and talk to them, and I'd much rather do that than help our staff cope with the aftermath of young people being killed."

The children in the CCTV footage have been contacted by transport police officers, Network Rail said.

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