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Video: Cyclist crashes into 140kph train - and escapes with bruises

Astonishing escape after rider ignores level crossing barriers

A cyclist who rode into the side of a Pendolino train travelling at 140 kilometres an hour astonishingly escaped with nothing more than bruises.

The incident took place in Opole, Poland, last month, reports

CCTV footage showing the dramatic incident from both sides of the railway line was posted to YouTube earlier this week and has been viewed more than a million times.

The cyclist, a 26-year-old male, was reportedly fined for reckless cycling.

A picture posted to Facebook shows the damage caused to the train, which was delayed for 40 minutes before continuing its journey.

Tak wygląda pendolino potrącone przez rower. Czy ktoś z was może mi wyjaśnić, jak bardzo nieuważnym trzeba byc, żeby wjechać W BOK pociagu rowerem? PS - pendolino było trzeźwe.

Posted by on Thursday, 5 November 2015

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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