The scene when a railway crossing is shuttered has to be seen to be believed.

Why would anyone risk their life merely to save about five minutes of their time?

It looks like there are many out there who take unwarranted risks in the cocky belief that no harm will befall them.

How else can one explain the behaviour of people who sneak across a railway gate which has been closed to allow a train to pass. We are not even talking about an unmanned railway crossing, which according to data with Indian Railways, accounts for thousands of deaths every year, but a manned gate at Mudaliarpet on the road to Cuddalore.

The scene when a railway crossing is shuttered has to be seen to be believed. Even as the gates are lowered, there is a scramble by two-wheelers and pedestrians to get across to the other side. And, even after the gates are clamped down, two-wheeler riders, some along with their pillion, lower their necks and try to squeeze through. If the pillion is a woman, she would get down and walk across.

Going by reports, this is more or less the norm at other level crossings in the city too.

Apparently, loco pilots running the train appear to have been sensitised on the hazardous practice. The train that passed by the Mudaliarpet gate was rolling at a very low speed with the horns blaring. It was done in the manner that loco pilots do when they approach unmanned level crossings.

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