Moment three kids dodge death after ‘trying to RUN a train’ while playing on Toronto bridge

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Heart-pounding surveillance video shows the moment a high-speed train narrowly missed children playing on train tracks in Toronto.

Two of the three children can be seen in the footage – filmed from the front of the rapidly approaching train – running along the tracks of the Humber River Rail Bridge on May 20 at 5.02pm.

The train, owned by Canadian transport company Metrolinx, can be seen hurtling towards two of the seemingly unconscious children, as they run along the tracks with their backs turned. The third child is seen standing on an adjacent track, away from the train.

One of the child sprinters, who is seen in a bright blue shirt and shorts in the footage, was filmed running between the bridge’s two lanes – the one carrying the train and an adjacent lane – veering into the unused lane when the train horn sounds.

The other runner, however – who was wearing a white t-shirt and shorts and had run alongside his friend – came within inches of being hit, narrowly avoiding death or serious injury after inexplicably crossing the active track.

The footage shows the youngster throwing himself against a railing as he barely steps out of the way.

Heart-pounding surveillance video shows the moment a high-speed train narrowly missed children running along train tracks on a Toronto bridge

Two of the three children can be seen in the footage - filmed from the front of the approaching train - running along the tracks of the Humber River Railway Bridge, May 20 at 5.02pm.

Two of the three children can be seen in the footage – filmed from the front of the approaching train – running along the tracks of the Humber River Rail Bridge, May 20 at 5.02pm.

The train, owned by Canadian transport company Metrolinx, can be seen hurtling towards two of the seemingly unconscious children, as they run along the tracks with their backs turned

The train, owned by Canadian transport company Metrolinx, can be seen hurtling towards two of the seemingly unconscious children, as they run along the tracks with their backs turned

One of the children, pictured left, came within inches of being hit, narrowly avoiding death or serious injury after inexplicably crossing the active track.  Footage shows the youngster throwing himself against a railing as he barely gets out of the way

One of the children, pictured left, came within inches of being hit, narrowly avoiding death or serious injury after inexplicably crossing the active track. Footage shows the youngster throwing himself against a railing as he barely gets out of the way

No one was injured in the incident, which saw the driver of the Milton GO Line train slam on his emergency brakes. The youths involved have not been named.

The heartbreaking clip was shared on the company’s Twitter account on Monday.

“This breathtaking video shows the dangers of walking on the railways,” company staff wrote, noting that one of the children had “be within one foot of serious injury or death when entering the Toronto Bridge.

Metrolinx said on Monday that the train driver first spotted one of the youths, the one seen standing in the adjacent track in the clip, “hanging on the fence at the edge of the bridge and only narrowly missed him.” .

The transport company added that staff members “then saw two other young people in front running on the track as if trying to outrun the train”.

After the near-miss, Metrolinx said, the children fled the scene, as the train sputtered to a halt and employees took steps to get it back on track.

The agency said it has yet to find the youngsters and on Monday asked the public for help locating them.

“If you recognize these young people, please contact us,” said Steve Weir, chief transit safety officer at Metrolinx.

Weir added that they don’t plan to punish the youngsters, but would like to reprimand them for their reckless behavior.

“We’re not trying to be punitive, but we’re very eager to talk with your kids to help educate them and make sure they never take this kind of risk again.”

The staff member’s warning is not without merit, as more than 100 Canadians are seriously injured or killed each year as a result of incidents related to railroad crossings or trespassing.

Metrolinx said it hopes someone recognizes the youths in hopes of preventing a similar, deadlier incident in the near future.

The second sprinter was also nearly hit, veering onto an unused track seconds before the train passed

The second sprinter was also nearly hit, veering onto an unused track seconds before the train passed

The third child is seen standing on an adjacent track, away from the train.  The company that owns the train said a conductor first spotted the youngster

The third child is seen standing on an adjacent track, away from the train. The company that owns the train said a conductor first spotted the youngster ‘hanging on the fence at the edge of the bridge and only narrowly missed him’.

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