Shocking video shows moment train narrowly avoided colliding with two cars on level crossing

This video shows the moment a train narrowly avoids ploughing into two cars at a level crossing - after leaves on the line caused the barriers to lift too soon.

The footage, filmed from inside the train's cab, shows the two cars driving across the level crossing in the dark as the train approaches at approximately 45mph.

The train driver slammed on the emergency brake as he saw the cars - but only managed to avoid colliding with the rear end of the second car by less than half a second.