Cyclist Runs For His Life As Oncoming Train Comes Barrelling Down

The idea of coming face to face with a train is extremely frightening, especially under certain circumstances where there’s very little room to maneuver, like say inside a narrow tunnel.

Yet, that’s exactly what happened to a cyclist in Brazil, who was out with a friend riding from Volta Redonda to Porto Real, a distance of roughly 39 km (24 miles). The two however decided to take a new route, something they would later regret.

At one point, they came across a relatively short train tunnel, and before they even had time to decide whether to go inside or not, a train passed, which in turn made the two adventurers think that another one was unlikely to come hot on its heels.

That’s pretty much when things went horribly wrong. Here’s the entire ordeal in the words of the cyclist:

“We began what would be a short stretch but tense, and before we reached the middle of the tunnel, we heard the sound of the train coming towards us. I called to my friend and started to run without being able to look behind, with that honking train. It was a feeling of panic and a lot of fear. After the fright, we continued to travel safely and with the feeling of being born again.”

Taking the tunnel in the first place was probably not the smartest idea. It was an unnecessary risk and it could have ended tragically.

As for how close of a call this was, only 2 seconds passed between the moment the cyclist ran past the tunnel entrance and the moment the train came out. That was a very lucky escape indeed…

  • Christian

    3rd world europe

    • ProtectOurHeritage

      Brazil is in Europe?

      • Christian

        yup

        • ProtectOurHeritage

          That’s news to European.

      • Belthronding

        Almost

      • ChrisInIL

        It was 80 million years ago, they say.

    • Brent Morrison

      What does this have to do with automobiles?

  • Marty

    Wait… they went BACK into the tunnel efter surviving the train?! When they had just been given a not very subtle hint that trains could come frequently?

    • LWOAP

      You can’t fix stupid.

  • LWOAP

    And this is why you don’t go into train tunnels.

  • kachuks

    Let’s hope Darwin is successful and these two end up Wile E. Coyotying themselves at some point.

  • Paul

    Smooth move exlax X2

  • Blake Stafford

    It’s almost like cyclists are ignorant arrogant road cancer who think the rules don’t apply to them.

    • Liam Paul

      They are. I have seen them refuse to get out of school buses thus making school buses full of children have to pass them in the opposite side of the road. They are ignorant asses. These 2 are like most cyclists . their all a plague on the roads

  • Bo Hanan

    Health-freaks doing unhealthy things- for health.

  • brn

    This is why railroad companies actively discourage people from being on tracks. They don’t want to kill you.

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    Perhaps you should tell Christian that!

    • Christian

      If Brazil identifies as a part of Europe, don’t be so gender racist…

      • ProtectOurHeritage

        My deepest apologies. I had though Brazil identified as Asian.

        • Christian

          They do? My bad then. 🙂

  • Matthew Raworth

    According to the cyclist it was the trains fault, the train driver could have slowed down and gone around him safely.

    • brn

      Another case of it “could have been avoided”.

      • Matthew Raworth

        everything regarding cyclists can be avoided if they weren’t so brain dead.

  • Don’t try this at home.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    cyclists are now hogging train tracks

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