Mir­a­cle es­cape as bike yobs try to de­rail train

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THESE amaz­ing images show a pas­sen­ger train caus­ing a “blind­ing ex­plo­sion” as it hits a bi­cy­cle dumped on the tracks as part of a sickening booby trap.

The train trav­el­ling at up to 70mph sent a huge shower of sparks fly­ing into the air af­ter the bike was left on the line in a bid to de­rail it.

CCTV cap­tured the mo­ment the front of the 3.34am South­ern train was en­gulfed by the ball of flame as it ploughed into the bi­cy­cle at a level cross­ing at Bed­hamp­ton sta­tion near Ha­vant, Hants.

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice later played back tapes of the in­ci­dent and dis­cov­ered images taken just two hours ear­lier of two youths rid­ing across the tracks.

Out of shot of the cam­era, the bike was left on the track – leav­ing it to be hit by the Barn­ham to Portsmouth and South­sea train.

Insp Mick Mor­riss said: “I sim­ply can­not over-em­pha­sise enough the dan­gers of this type of crime.

Through sheer luck, no-one was in­jured and the train was rel­a­tively un­dam­aged, but the con­se­quences could have been far worse.”

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