WATCH: Teen Narrowly Avoids Oncoming Train after Jumping onto Tracks

By Tye Donaldson, November 2, 2016

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A group of teenagers in Hunan narrowly avoided disaster recently when one of them nearly got hit by a quickly-moving train.

Security cameras captured footage of boys between the ages of 12 and 13 playing a game of chicken on the train tracks in the town of Linxiang. 

One of the boys, who happened to be standing directly in the path of an oncoming train, lept out of the way just in time.

Teenage boy barley misses highspeed train

Teenage boy barley misses highspeed train

According to reports, one of the boys invited his friends along for the prank to celebrate his 12th birthday. After downing several bottles of beer, the gang decided it was time for a game of chicken.

The boys happened to pick a spot along one of the highest trafficked railways in China, the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, at around 3pm. They chose the section where they knew the trains would typically slow down before jumping onto the tracks. 

In the footage, one boy could be seen crouching on the railroad while the others sat and watched from the sides. As the train approached, it began blowing its whistle. The mischevious track-jumper didn't move from his spot until the train was just 50 meters (164 feet) away. 

The train was forced into an emergency stop and all activity on the track was postponed for seven minutes due to the teen's actions.

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Weibo users were not happy about the video, with one writing, "They are too young to understand how important their lives are." Another social media user condemned the boys for "threaten[ing] the lives of innocent people."

[Images via CCTV]

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