The driver of the train explains that he did attempt to warn the signalman of his danger: as the train bore down on the signalman the driver called out to him “Below there! Look out! Look out! For God’s sake, clear the way! ” Moreover, the driver waved his arm in warning even as he covered his face to avoid seeing the train strike the hapless signalman. The narrator notes the significance of the similarity between the driver’s actions and the actions of the spectre as the signalman had earlier described them, but leaves the nature of that significance to the reader.