East Lancashire teenager in miracle escape after falling under train

Ramsgreave and Wilpshire station where the youth fell

Ramsgreave and Wilpshire station where the youth fell

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A TEENAGER suffered serious injuries after falling onto a railway track into the path of an oncoming train.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Ramsgreave and Wilpshire station after reports that the youth, named locally as Reuben Hirst, fell 25ft and was trapped under the train.

The Manchester Victoria to Clitheroe service stopped suddenly as it approached the station, witnesses said.

Reuben suffered serious injuries in the fall, including a broken pelvis, police said, but was not thought to have been injured by the train because he fell between the rails.

 

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It took crews half an hour to rescue him, before he was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, which was put on standby to deal with his ‘major trauma’, an ambulance spokeswoman said.

The incident, at around 7pm on Friday, saw trains between Blackburn and Clitheroe delayed for several hours.

Train passenger Faisal Latif, 29, of Wensley Road, Blackburn, was travelling to Ramsgreave to see his girlfriend when the incident happened.

He said: “As we were pulling up to the station, I stood up ready to get off the train. But it just stopped suddenly and the train’s engine turned off.

“The conductor was walking around saying the train can’t move because there was someone underneath it.

“Ten minutes later he said the person under the train was alive and well, but the train couldn’t move.

“The conductor was really good at keeping everybody informed.

“We were there for between 25 and 35 minutes before they moved him. “When we left the station, the police were asking a group of teenagers, aged around 18, if the lad was drunk.”

Yesterday, messages were posted on social media sites by shocked friends.

Miles Charnley wrote on Twitter: “Hope you’re okay, bro.”

And Olivia Gill wrote: “Love love love my baby @ReubenHirst xxxxxxxx.”

The incident has led to calls for improved safety on the bridge, with only a four feet tall fence and wall stopping people from accessing the railway.

Wilpshire councillor and Ribble Valley council leader Stuart Hirst said he would now call on the council to work with Northern Rail to improve safety at the bridge.

He said: “This was an extremely sad event. I will be asking to look at the safety measures that are in place with a view to discussing it with Northern Rail.

“I would like to offer my thoughts to the young man and his family.”

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, added: “I didn’t see it happen on Friday night, but I saw a lad knelt on the floor next to the train when I was there, which wasn’t long.”

A spokesman for British Transport Police said the incident was not being treated as suspicious, but appealed for witnesses to call 0800 405040.

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8:01am Mon 24 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

I hope that this young man goes on to make a full recovery. A broken pelvis is a serious injury at any age. As for calls to improve fencing/walls to prevent any future incidents, I don't think that is in any way necessary. I am 6'1" tall and I would still have to be pretty determined to get over such a barrier, even were I still a youngster! We don't yet know the circumstances which led to this lad ending up on the tracks but I very much doubt it was by pure accident! It would not be right to expect any public body - council or rail operators, to spend public or even private money to prevent the adventurous activities of the reckless or irresponsible actions of a minority of individuals.
I hope that this young man goes on to make a full recovery. A broken pelvis is a serious injury at any age. As for calls to improve fencing/walls to prevent any future incidents, I don't think that is in any way necessary. I am 6'1" tall and I would still have to be pretty determined to get over such a barrier, even were I still a youngster! We don't yet know the circumstances which led to this lad ending up on the tracks but I very much doubt it was by pure accident! It would not be right to expect any public body - council or rail operators, to spend public or even private money to prevent the adventurous activities of the reckless or irresponsible actions of a minority of individuals. HarryBosch
  • Score: 56

9:14am Mon 24 Feb 14

Noiticer says...

A nonsensical comment from the local councillor. The bridge is perfectly safe and has been so for the past 170 years or more save for a weight restriction.
A nonsensical comment from the local councillor. The bridge is perfectly safe and has been so for the past 170 years or more save for a weight restriction. Noiticer
  • Score: 37

10:53am Mon 24 Feb 14

Izanears says...

HarryBosch wrote:
I hope that this young man goes on to make a full recovery. A broken pelvis is a serious injury at any age. As for calls to improve fencing/walls to prevent any future incidents, I don't think that is in any way necessary. I am 6'1" tall and I would still have to be pretty determined to get over such a barrier, even were I still a youngster! We don't yet know the circumstances which led to this lad ending up on the tracks but I very much doubt it was by pure accident! It would not be right to expect any public body - council or rail operators, to spend public or even private money to prevent the adventurous activities of the reckless or irresponsible actions of a minority of individuals.
Spot on Harry. All too often those who should know better rush in to say that something should be improved, extended, built higher,made stronger, painted a bright colour, have a big sign fitted,people should be educated, etc etc,etc,etc, when in truth it is usually some plonker being stupid.
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: I hope that this young man goes on to make a full recovery. A broken pelvis is a serious injury at any age. As for calls to improve fencing/walls to prevent any future incidents, I don't think that is in any way necessary. I am 6'1" tall and I would still have to be pretty determined to get over such a barrier, even were I still a youngster! We don't yet know the circumstances which led to this lad ending up on the tracks but I very much doubt it was by pure accident! It would not be right to expect any public body - council or rail operators, to spend public or even private money to prevent the adventurous activities of the reckless or irresponsible actions of a minority of individuals.[/p][/quote]Spot on Harry. All too often those who should know better rush in to say that something should be improved, extended, built higher,made stronger, painted a bright colour, have a big sign fitted,people should be educated, etc etc,etc,etc, when in truth it is usually some plonker being stupid. Izanears
  • Score: 20

11:32am Mon 24 Feb 14

vicn1956 says...

Time to put fences along all pavements in case someone wanders into the road.
And fences on all canal towpaths, guards on plug sockets, no more glass bottles, do away with knives and forks...............
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Time to put fences along all pavements in case someone wanders into the road. And fences on all canal towpaths, guards on plug sockets, no more glass bottles, do away with knives and forks............... .................... ........ vicn1956
  • Score: 24

11:34am Mon 24 Feb 14

vicn1956 says...

Oh and make everyone wear hi-viz jackets.
Oh nearly everyone does.
Oh and make everyone wear hi-viz jackets. Oh nearly everyone does. vicn1956
  • Score: 16

11:35am Mon 24 Feb 14

POW WOW says...

Noiticer wrote:
A nonsensical comment from the local councillor. The bridge is perfectly safe and has been so for the past 170 years or more save for a weight restriction.
We don't elect councilors to tell us how we need to be safe !!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: A nonsensical comment from the local councillor. The bridge is perfectly safe and has been so for the past 170 years or more save for a weight restriction.[/p][/quote]We don't elect councilors to tell us how we need to be safe !!!!!!!!!! POW WOW
  • Score: 20

11:36am Mon 24 Feb 14

vicn1956 says...

Oh and make the physical test to join the SAS easier.
Oh they have.

That's plenty for today.
Oh and make the physical test to join the SAS easier. Oh they have. That's plenty for today. vicn1956
  • Score: 5

11:36am Mon 24 Feb 14

vicn1956 says...

Oh and make the physical test to join the SAS easier.
Oh they have.

That's plenty for today.
Oh and make the physical test to join the SAS easier. Oh they have. That's plenty for today. vicn1956
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Mon 24 Feb 14

ChrisDeBerg says...

Was he being stupid or was he pushed? I can't see it happening any other way...
Was he being stupid or was he pushed? I can't see it happening any other way... ChrisDeBerg
  • Score: 3

3:14pm Mon 24 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

What I'd really like to know is, with all these calls for some safety feature or other in the aftermath of incidents occurring, do these local councillors all rush to ring the LT or do the LT ring the local councillors and put the words in their mouths?
What I'd really like to know is, with all these calls for some safety feature or other in the aftermath of incidents occurring, do these local councillors all rush to ring the LT or do the LT ring the local councillors and put the words in their mouths? HarryBosch
  • Score: 4

6:16pm Mon 24 Feb 14

burner says...

. . " or do the LT ring the local councillors and put the words in their mouths? " . . . . . . . if they did this, this site would be full of nonsense and errors , , , and to quote vicn1956 . . " oh, they have" .
. . " or do the LT ring the local councillors and put the words in their mouths? " . . . . . . . if they did this, this site would be full of nonsense and errors , , , and to quote vicn1956 . . " oh, they have" . burner
  • Score: 6

8:35pm Mon 24 Feb 14

HelpingDarwen says...

Well this happened to me granddad. Course they were steam trains in them days. He weren't so lucky though, in fact....... he was chuffed to bits!
Well this happened to me granddad. Course they were steam trains in them days. He weren't so lucky though, in fact....... he was chuffed to bits! HelpingDarwen
  • Score: 4

9:37pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Pyewacket2 says...

Unfortunately, and a sad comment on the times we are living in, it seems that our Railway lines and Motorways are becoming the option of choice for those wishing to end it all !!
Unfortunately, and a sad comment on the times we are living in, it seems that our Railway lines and Motorways are becoming the option of choice for those wishing to end it all !! Pyewacket2
  • Score: 0

11:13am Mon 3 Mar 14

Lankygirl says...

The lad and the councillor have the same surname so is there any connection between them?
The lad and the councillor have the same surname so is there any connection between them? Lankygirl
  • Score: -1

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