A truck driver and his passenger have escaped with their lives after a freight train smashed into their vehicle and pushed it along the tracks.

The pair had ignored a closed level crossing in Uttaradit, northern Thailand, where a motorcyclist was patiently waiting and had driven straight onto the line.

Emerging unscathed, they were treated for minor injuries and shock at a nearby hospital.

CCTV footage shows the motorcyclist waiting at the level crossing, which had a barrier down before the truck arrives.

It drives straight past and onto the railway line, straight into the path of a six-track freight train.

The locomotive slams into the truck and flings it to the side before pushing it along.

In the seconds after the strike, the motorcyclist can be seen rushing over to help alongside other witnesses.

Government officials warned other road users to be cautious and always check the warning lights and sounds when they approach level crossings.

The Uttaradit Municipality Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said: ’Be careful when driving on the road, especially at the railway crossings. Observe all of the warnings well.

’Follow the rules and your property and your life will not be in danger.’

The crash happened after 5 pm local time on Wednesday this week.

It follows Irish Rail’s decision to issue a warning at the beginning of this month after CCTV caught a rubbish truck, car, and two joggers, dashing across railway lines despite level crossing barriers being closed.

The transport company said it had seen an 82 percent rise in the number of hits on its crossings this year, compared to the year before.

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