Man wearing headphones saved from death by his dog moments before train horror

A man was saved from death by his dog moments before a train travelling at 65mph was set to hit him.

He was wearing headphones while walking with his pooch who recognised the danger ahead and pulled on the lead – saving him from possible death or serious injuries.

The pedestrian was strolling with his dog in Cottingham, East Yorks, earlier this month when he went to travel over the tracks via a footpath at a level crossing.

The walker didn't see the oncoming train or hear the horn and was within just six feet of being hit at 65mph, according to the driver.

The dog jerked in the opposite direction, forcing his owner to be alert and get out of the way.

The driver said: "I blew my horn and he didn't react to it and carried on crossing.

"I then put the brake into emergency while continuously blowing the horn."

Richard Hayden, level crossing manager for Network Rail, said: "This incident at Snuff Mill Lane level crossing is shocking, and it's clear the pedestrian was not paying attention and did not hear the warnings.

"The consequences could have been fatal if it wasn't for the man's dog pulling on the lead.

"It's crucial that people stop, look and listen. They should concentrate and cross quickly and directly when it is safe to do so.

"It's easy to get distracted by music, and the safest option is to remove your headphones when approaching level crossings."

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