A FAMILY who witnessed a man recklessly running his hand along a moving train in the Toowoomba CBD was shocked by the incident.

John Rush captured the act on his mobile phone on Russell St, close to the Norville Hotel.

He was in a taxi when he noticed the man in a high-vis shirt with his hand on the passing freight train.

The man, who appeared intoxicated, seems relaxed as he smokes a cigarette inches away from the train.

"He's rubbing his hand along the train," Mr Rush said in the video.

Mr Rush's niece Tamika shielded the eyes of her children as she thought the man was going to throw himself under the train.

"That's karma; he just dropped his phone, he smashed it all over the ground," she said.

The man, who appeared intoxicated, seems relaxed as he smokes a cigarette inches away from the train.
The man, who appeared intoxicated, seems relaxed as he smokes a cigarette inches away from the train.

A child asked: "Why it is so bad" and was told, "if he takes one more step, he runs into the train and he's gone."

Queensland Rail was shown the footage and a spokesperson said the rail company was shocked to see it clearly showed a man gambling with his life at a level crossing.

"Not only is this behaviour extremely dangerous, it is illegal."

"Both passenger and freight trains regularly run on Queensland Rail and they can't swerve to avoid someone and can take more than one kilometre to stop.

"Our message is clear - the rail network is not a playground and certainly not a place for intoxicated or reckless behaviour and we will refer this matter to police.

"Irresponsible behaviour is plain foolish.

The company, which is working to improve safety, said it made no apologies for targeting those individuals.


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