Geleen rail crossing closed after release of near-miss video

Cyclist narrowly escapes being hit by an NS Intercity train
Cyclist narrowly escapes being hit by an NS Intercity train. (Photo: ProRail / Screenshot / YouTube)

ProRail closed the unguarded railway crossing in Geleen, Limburg, due to a number of recent near-miss incidents at the crossing. Last week the rail manager online, as part of a campaign to warn against the dangers of level crossings. The video went viral, NOS reports.

On Sunday ProRail posted another near-miss video of this same crossing. Like the first video, this video shows a cyclist very nearly being hit by a train.

On Monday a fence was placed in front of the crossing. "This is a very dangerous crossing", ProRail CEO Pier Eringa said. "It is a way from the main rail network and visibility is very bad. A little time ago we hung a camera here, of which the spectacular images of things only barely ending well are now known. That was for us and the municipality of Sittard-Geleen enough reason to close this dangerous level crossing as quickly as possible."

In the coming year a tunnel will be built for pedestrians and cyclists. Until that time they will have to use an alternative route.

The Netherlands counts over a hundred unguarded railway crossings and . "The best level crossing is no level crossing", Eringa repeated. The government plans to