A car has raced through a level crossing near Orange just 20 metres in front of a speeding XPT train.
Details of the incident have been provided to Orange City Council from John Holland Rail.
It said the driver did not have time to put the emergency braking on.
The incident has led John Holland Rail to tell council it will be placing automatic boom gates at the crossing in Spring Hill this financial year.
A report to council's meeting on Tuesday night did not include a time or date of the "recent" incident.
"It is alleged that a vehicle heading in an easterly direction along Whiley Road ignored the active signals at the crossing and cut across in front of the southbound XPT service with only 20 metres clearance. No vehicle registration was recorded by the driver," it said.
It has recommended council upgrade the area around the crossing to improve its safety.
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