A dramatic CCTV footage has captured the exemplary courage with which a Polish train driver, Mateusz Szymanski, acted moments before the train had a high-impact collision with a lorry on the tracks. The train was travelling from Wagroweic to Poznan at a speed of 110km/hr.
Szymanski can be seen running through the aisle, shouting what seem to be instructions to duck.
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The passengers instantly crouched low on the floor. From another camera, Szymanski can be seen warning other passengers before grabbing the hand-rail as he braced for the imminent collision. He had tried to apply the emergency brake to try to slow down the train and reduce the impact of collision, before he left his seat to warn the passengers.
The train and the lorry then collide, shattering the windscreen. The train didn’t get derailed, though, nor were any of the passengers seriously hurt. Szymanski’s bravery has been lauded, though Szymanski himself is rather humble about the incident. “Passengers reacted in the right way. They got on the floor on command immediately,” Szymanski told TVN24.