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Heroes rescue woman at Strood station after she falls onto tracks in front of commuters

29 May 2014
by Lynn Cox

A woman running for an early morning train at Strood Railway Station tripped and fell on the track and was rescued by two other commuters.

The incident happened on platform 2 shortly after 6am as the woman was running to get the train.

She tripped up and fell down onto the track just before the High Speed train was due into the station.

The have-a-go heroes jumped on the tracks to rescue the woman. Picture Google Street View

The have-a-go heroes jumped on the tracks to rescue the woman. Picture: Google Street View

However, her plight was seen by two men who were also waiting for their train and the pair heroically jumped onto the track themselves to rescue her.

Other commuters alerted station staff, who warned all train drivers coming into the station to slow down.

The woman, who is thought to be in her 60s, was helped back up onto the platform by the other commuters and station staff and was taken to hospital with an ankle injury.

The incident was seen by Neville Mostert, who was saying goodbye to his wife in the car park just after 6am.

The woman was rescued after falling onto the tracks. Picture Google Street View

The woman was rescued after falling onto the tracks. Picture: Google Street View

He said: “We heard the 06:02 high speed train coming in and saw a guy jump off platform and run across the tracks.

"First instinct- “What’s he doing?”

“He was jumping down to lift an elderly lady off the track. Makes me wonder how many people would actually step up and be a real hero?

"Who was this guardian angel? My faith restored in humanity" - Neville Mostert

"Who was this guardian angel? My faith restored in humanity.”

A spokesman for Southeastern said: “I can confirm the incident happened shortly after 6am on Thursday May 29 and we have launched a full investigation.

"Although their actions were commendable we would never encourage passengers to get onto the track themselves and they could be in real danger.

The first port of call is to alert station staff to the incident and they can get the power turned off on the track.”

  • Do you know the woman who fell or the two men who rescued the her? If so, call the newsroom on 01634 227830.

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