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Train driver helps man on tracks
10:39am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A TRAIN approaching Colchester Town station was ground to a halt yesterday when the driver spotted a man on the tracks and got out to help him.
It is understood the driver negotiated with the man before helping him into the train drivers’ cab.
He thought it was the safest place for the man whose behaviour was not said to have been aggressive at the time.
The man, in his 60s, had chest injuries that were sustained prior to him being on the tracks.
After about 15 minutes the train continued to the station where it was met by an ambulance and British Transport Police (BTP).
The drama unfolded around 1.40pm and resulted in train cancellations.
A BTP spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to Colchester Town station following a report of a man on the tracks. “The incident was reported to BTP at 1.40pm.
“Medics from the East of England Ambulance Service also attended and the man, believed to be in his sixties, was found with chest injuries.
“He was detained by officers under the Mental Health Act and taken to Colchester General Hospital for an assessment.”
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said it sent a rapid response vehicle and ambulance.
The man was discharged from hospital later on in the afternoon. It is understood he was under police care last night.
The incident forced train operator Greater Anglia to cancel two services between Colchester Town and Colchester, at 2pm and at 2.40pm.
Another train from London Liverpool Street to Walton was diverted via Hythe station.
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