Caught on camera: Pennsylvania family nearly hit by train

HARRISBURG, Pa. – What was supposed to be a family portrait to remember, nearly turned into tragedy.

The Pennsylvania family was posing on railroad tracks when a train came barreling towards them.

"There’s a train!!”

Kids scatter, as a man runs onto the tracks grabbing a small child, hurrying back across -- within seconds, the train is there.

The video is exactly what Brock Kerchner with Operation Lifesaver of PA works to avoid.

“You wouldn’t stand in the middle of an airport runway with a plane barreling down on you to take a picture so why would you do it on a railroad track?" said Kerchner.

Walking on tracks he says is illegal, and considered trespassing.

“When you’re in front of it, its extremely hard to hear that train and if the train’s around a corner, you’re never gonna see it in time," said Kerchner. “It’s actually also an optical illusion, if you do see a train coming you can’t tell how fast it’s going.”