A drunk man who narrowly escaped death when he lay down between train tracks in Harlow has been given a 12-month community order.
Derek Acton was caught on camera climbing down onto the tracks at Harlow Mill station. Moments afterwards, a train sped over the top of him.
Miraculously, he was unharmed but his actions cost Network Rail almost 12 thousand pounds in delay compensation. The 44-year-old, from Harlow, was also fined 570 pounds and ordered to abstain from alcohol for 60 days.
The incident took place on October 28 last year.
Paramedics and police were quickly at the scene and Acton was checked over for any injuries but was unharmed.
Acton was charge with one count of railway obstruction.