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


        • ProtectOurHeritage

          That’s news to European.

      • Belthronding


      • 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.


    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

2020 Subaru Outback Promises A Lot, But Does It Deliver?

Featuring a host of upgrades and lots of new tech while retaining its off-road capabilities, it does make a compelling case for itself.

McLaren 600LT Sets A Storming 7:08.8 Lap Around The Nurburgring

The 600LT is only a couple of seconds slower than the time posted by Sport Auto with a Porsche 911 GT3 RS .

Would A 300 PS VW T-Roc R Cabriolet Tickle Your Fancy?

The T-Roc R would be the first high-performance convertible crossover – a niche within a niche, if we ever saw one.

2020 BMW M760Li Is A Powerful Luxo-Barge, So Let’s See What She’ll Do, Shall We?

Large, V12-powered sedans are a dying breed, so why not enjoy them while we still can.

Mercedes-AMG GT R Leaves Subtlety Aside For A Wide Body Upgrade

Fostla added a Prior Design wide body kit, whereas Ferrada the 10-spoke, matte black 20-inch wheels.

Can The Audi E-Tron SUV Convince You To Go Down The All-Electric Road?

Audi’s first all-electric SUV is poised to take the fight to the Tesla Model X and Mercedes-Benz EQC.

2020 BMW 4-Series Convertible Shaping Up To Take On The Open-Top C-Class

The new 4-Series Convertible will swap its folding hard top for a soft one in order to save weight and increase boot space.

Lamborghini Huracan Evo Does The Quarter Mile… Faster Than You’d Think

The latest iteration of the baby Lambo is powered by a screaming 5.2-liter V10 with 631 HP – and boy does it go…

Never Get Lost In Nature Again With The Ranger Raptor’s Clever Sat-Nav

Compared by Ford themselves to breadcrumbs, the system places a virtual pin on the map every second.

Lamborghini Aventador S Art Car Salutes Monterey Car Week Attendees

This Lambo was treated as a canvas by 19-year old American street artist Skyler Grey .