Officer hit by train while helping distressed man who was on the tracks

A Nottinghamshire Police officer is in a serious condition after he was hit by a train while attempting to save a “distressed man” who was on the tracks.

Aug 25, 2023
By Paul Jacques

Officers had been deployed to a residential area in Balderton over concerns for a man’s safety just before 7pm on Thursday (August 24).

Nottinghamshire Police said during the incident, a police officer was hit by a train and left with serious injuries. He has been transported to Queen’s Medical Centre.

The man on the railway lines is also injured but it is not thought his injuries are life-threatening. He was also transported to hospital.

British Transport Police is leading on the investigation into the incident.

Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: “This is a truly devastating incident that has left one of our officers very poorly in hospital. We are supporting his family and ensuring that he gets all the care and support he needs.

“This was also extremely traumatic for all those who attended the scene, some of whom provided immediate medical assistance while the ambulance was on its way.

“I would like to personally thank them for their quick and dedicated response to this incident.

“Officers and police staff put themselves in danger every day to keep the public safe and from harm and I personally want to say how eternally grateful and proud I am of them all.”

Branch chair of Nottinghamshire Police Federation, Simon Riley, said their thoughts are “very much with our injured colleague and his family”.

He said: “We are supporting a number of officers involved in the incident and will continue to do everything we can to support all of our members at this time.

“This incident highlights the bravery and dedication of our members in Nottinghamshire in serving our communities and keeping people safe.”

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