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Watch moment train speeds over drunk man who lay on train tracks in Essex

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.

A train sped over the top of the man. Credit: British Transport Police.

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.

“Quite frankly, Acton is lucky to be alive. In his intoxicated state, he climbed down onto the tracks and lay in the path of a fast approaching train. His actions were baffling.

“The railway is an extremely dangerous place to trespass. Every year my officers are called to tragic incidents where someone has died or seriously injured as a result of being hit by a train. Please remember to stay off the tracks and away from danger.”

– Inspector Steve Webster, BTP

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