Distracted man struck by GO train spared death by inches

22-year-old man was wearing headphones when he stepped in path of fast-moving commuter train

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He was one step away from meeting his maker.

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Officials are warning pedestrians to be more attentive at railway crossings after a man narrowly escaped death when he stepped in front of a speeding GO Train west of the city.

The 22-year-old victim was reportedly wearing headphones when he attempted to cross the level crossing Wednesday at Fourth Line north of Speers Rd. in Oakville — about one kilometre east of the Bronte GO station.

The train struck the man’s backpack, reportedly tearing it from his back and tossing it some distance down the tracks.

The victim is recovering in hospital from serious injuries.

Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins wrote on Twitter that the train crew initially believed the man had been killed in the collision but they were relieved to learn he’d survived.

CN railway timetables list the maximum speed for passenger trains along that stretch of track as 129 km/h.

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