Idiot Jumps On Train Track to Retrieve Phone

By James O Malley on at

If there's one piece of universally good advice that can be applied to all situations, it is probably "Don't jump on to train tracks". So don't do what this guy did at Peckham Rye Station in London.

The Evening Standard has obtained terrifying footage of a man leaping on to the tracks to retrieve what is believed to be his phone, whilst a woman looks on.

After leaning over on one leg - which is bad enough - he takes the leap down on to the tracks, which unlike other parts of the rail network contain an electrified third rail. So, even without a train coming, if he had put a foot wrong, he would have been fried.

The video was filmed by an onlooker, in which you can hear someone else (rightly) shrieking at the guy to get off the tracks, and dropping an exactly appropriate amount of F-bombs (nine) in the process.

The incident apparently took place on the 4th of July and the British Transport Police is currently investigating as jumping onto the tracks is against the law. A BTP spokesperson told the Standard:

“I would like to remind members of the public that the railway line is a hazardous place. I cannot overstate just how dangerous trespassing on the railway is. Trains can approach quietly and, if you are trespassing, often when you do hear an approaching train it can be too late to move out of the way."

You can see the full video on the Standard website. [Evening Standard]