A US Senator has been caught on camera having a near-miss with a speeding train while speaking about the importance of rail commuter safety.
A US Senator has narrowly avoided a speeding train while speaking to the media about the importance of rail commuter safety.
With cameras rolling, Senator Richard Blumenthal was addressing journalists in Milford, Connecticut, on a narrow platform when a train abruptly sped through the station.
'Safety, as you know, is paramount,' Senator Blumenthal said, just before an Amtrack train whizzed past, drowning out his speech.
Video of the moment, captured on camera by local news station KHON2, shows the Senator standing on the yellow line while he speaks, while one of his aides stands even closer to the platform edge.
Some journalists gesture and try to warn the pair as the train rapidly approaches.
Mr Blumenthal had organised the media conference to call for a safety overhaul of the Metro-North railway, a suburban commuter rail network providing services to the lower Hudson Valley and coastal Connecticut.
The US Senator claims that the railway operator has incurred US$552,000 in fines for safety violations over the last decade.