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Man survives being run over by train

The Argus: Man survives being run over by train Man survives being run over by train

A man survived being run over by a train after being seen walking along and then lying down on the tracks.

Shaken witnesses watched the 42- year-old local man, who they believed was drunk, stepping onto the tracks at London Road station in Brighton on Tuesday at 7.11pm.

He was airlifted to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, by the air ambulance, which landed in Preston Park.

Last night the man was being treated for serious head and leg injuries but was in a stable condition. A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to London Road railway station, Brighton, on Tuesday, after a report that a man had been struck by a train.

“Officers from BTP and Sussex Police attended and found a 42-year-old local man had been hit by a train and sus- tained serious injuries.

“Crews from South East Coast Ambulance Service and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service also attended and the man was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, where he is still being treated for injuries to his head and legs.

“The incident was first reported to BTP at 7.17pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“The man’s family have been informed.”

Student Flo Murray witnessed the entire incident.

She said: “As we were walking through the tunnel under the station we saw a drunk man in a brown duffel coat.

“When we got to the platform he stepped off the platform and started walking up the tracks.

“My boyfriend ran along the platform after him and shouted at him but he seemed intent on what he was doing.

“The train came in braking and honk- ing its horn.

“The man hesitated for a moment before lying down and the train just rolled straight over him.”

The line was closed for an hour, with trains brought to a standstill while emergency services tried to rescue the man from under the train.

Delayed Chaos on the network continued throughout the evening as power was turned off on the tracks between Portslade, Preston Park and Lewes in the east for an hour-and-a-half, affecting all lines into Brighton.

Southern said that trains were delayed for up to 70 minutes and passenger tickets were accepted on buses where possible.

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10:07am Thu 24 Apr 14

fredflintstone1 says...

All stations should be manned during operating hours. I simply can't understand why this isn't mandatory on H&S grounds, especially when you consider how ridiuculous some H&S rules are in practice.

When incidents - whatever the cause - of people ending up in danger occur, then there is hope of averting a disaster if there is a direct link to the train control room. Instead of which, as in this case, those there could effectively do nothing to stop the incident, and have been severely left severely traumatised as a result. This is all about profit above safety.
All stations should be manned during operating hours. I simply can't understand why this isn't mandatory on H&S grounds, especially when you consider how ridiuculous some H&S rules are in practice. When incidents - whatever the cause - of people ending up in danger occur, then there is hope of averting a disaster if there is a direct link to the train control room. Instead of which, as in this case, those there could effectively do nothing to stop the incident, and have been severely left severely traumatised as a result. This is all about profit above safety. fredflintstone1
  • Score: 1

12:37pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Mr chock says...

fredflintstone1 wrote:
All stations should be manned during operating hours. I simply can't understand why this isn't mandatory on H&S grounds, especially when you consider how ridiuculous some H&S rules are in practice.

When incidents - whatever the cause - of people ending up in danger occur, then there is hope of averting a disaster if there is a direct link to the train control room. Instead of which, as in this case, those there could effectively do nothing to stop the incident, and have been severely left severely traumatised as a result. This is all about profit above safety.
i think maybe thats a bit to much to expect it a SMALL small station to be staffed 24.7 but the "ticket " gate entry if you have no ticket you no entry to platform can easy be implemented " safety fears of suicidal people buying a ticket and jumping seem a true concern but this seems to be a drunk guy who wanted to walk along the track " caused such disruption ... NOT just 60 minutes delay.. the updates in argus seem to report his got major leg injuries and a head injury.. but they did not say if they now know if he was very drunk ..
[quote][p][bold]fredflintstone1[/bold] wrote: All stations should be manned during operating hours. I simply can't understand why this isn't mandatory on H&S grounds, especially when you consider how ridiuculous some H&S rules are in practice. When incidents - whatever the cause - of people ending up in danger occur, then there is hope of averting a disaster if there is a direct link to the train control room. Instead of which, as in this case, those there could effectively do nothing to stop the incident, and have been severely left severely traumatised as a result. This is all about profit above safety.[/p][/quote]i think maybe thats a bit to much to expect it a SMALL small station to be staffed 24.7 but the "ticket " gate entry if you have no ticket you no entry to platform can easy be implemented " safety fears of suicidal people buying a ticket and jumping seem a true concern but this seems to be a drunk guy who wanted to walk along the track " caused such disruption ... NOT just 60 minutes delay.. the updates in argus seem to report his got major leg injuries and a head injury.. but they did not say if they now know if he was very drunk .. Mr chock
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2:31pm Thu 24 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised.

It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time.

British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation.

Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for.
All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised. It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time. British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation. Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 2

4:26pm Thu 24 Apr 14

fredflintstone1 says...

Mr chock wrote:
fredflintstone1 wrote:
All stations should be manned during operating hours. I simply can't understand why this isn't mandatory on H&S grounds, especially when you consider how ridiuculous some H&S rules are in practice.

When incidents - whatever the cause - of people ending up in danger occur, then there is hope of averting a disaster if there is a direct link to the train control room. Instead of which, as in this case, those there could effectively do nothing to stop the incident, and have been severely left severely traumatised as a result. This is all about profit above safety.
i think maybe thats a bit to much to expect it a SMALL small station to be staffed 24.7 but the "ticket " gate entry if you have no ticket you no entry to platform can easy be implemented " safety fears of suicidal people buying a ticket and jumping seem a true concern but this seems to be a drunk guy who wanted to walk along the track " caused such disruption ... NOT just 60 minutes delay.. the updates in argus seem to report his got major leg injuries and a head injury.. but they did not say if they now know if he was very drunk ..
No, I wasn't advocating stations should be manned 24-7 - I said during operating hours. What good are ticket gates if the station isn't staffed? People could get over them easily whatever their intentions.

The fact is London Road isn't a small station with a couple of passengers - it's very well used throughout the day.
[quote][p][bold]Mr chock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredflintstone1[/bold] wrote: All stations should be manned during operating hours. I simply can't understand why this isn't mandatory on H&S grounds, especially when you consider how ridiuculous some H&S rules are in practice. When incidents - whatever the cause - of people ending up in danger occur, then there is hope of averting a disaster if there is a direct link to the train control room. Instead of which, as in this case, those there could effectively do nothing to stop the incident, and have been severely left severely traumatised as a result. This is all about profit above safety.[/p][/quote]i think maybe thats a bit to much to expect it a SMALL small station to be staffed 24.7 but the "ticket " gate entry if you have no ticket you no entry to platform can easy be implemented " safety fears of suicidal people buying a ticket and jumping seem a true concern but this seems to be a drunk guy who wanted to walk along the track " caused such disruption ... NOT just 60 minutes delay.. the updates in argus seem to report his got major leg injuries and a head injury.. but they did not say if they now know if he was very drunk ..[/p][/quote]No, I wasn't advocating stations should be manned 24-7 - I said during operating hours. What good are ticket gates if the station isn't staffed? People could get over them easily whatever their intentions. The fact is London Road isn't a small station with a couple of passengers - it's very well used throughout the day. fredflintstone1
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7:22pm Thu 24 Apr 14

mimseycal says...

I hope they charge this man. Being drunk is not a mitigating circumstance!
I hope they charge this man. Being drunk is not a mitigating circumstance! mimseycal
  • Score: 2

9:52pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Vigilia says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised.

It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time.

British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation.

Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for.
How old are you, fifteen?

We have had a railway system for 189 years and only 49 of those were nationalised. British Rail was an unmitigated disaster based on political ideology that absorbed hundreds of millions of Pounds of taxpayers money in subsidies. Not every station was manned.
The Beeching reforms closed a third of all passenger services and more than 4,000 of the 7,000 stations closed. Stations that operated successfully under the previous privately owned railway companies.
If you don't know the facts, for God's sake Google for information before committing your opinions to print.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised. It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time. British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation. Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for.[/p][/quote]How old are you, fifteen? We have had a railway system for 189 years and only 49 of those were nationalised. British Rail was an unmitigated disaster based on political ideology that absorbed hundreds of millions of Pounds of taxpayers money in subsidies. Not every station was manned. The Beeching reforms closed a third of all passenger services and more than 4,000 of the 7,000 stations closed. Stations that operated successfully under the previous privately owned railway companies. If you don't know the facts, for God's sake Google for information before committing your opinions to print. Vigilia
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12:10am Fri 25 Apr 14

Andy R says...

Vigilia wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised.

It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time.

British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation.

Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for.
How old are you, fifteen?

We have had a railway system for 189 years and only 49 of those were nationalised. British Rail was an unmitigated disaster based on political ideology that absorbed hundreds of millions of Pounds of taxpayers money in subsidies. Not every station was manned.
The Beeching reforms closed a third of all passenger services and more than 4,000 of the 7,000 stations closed. Stations that operated successfully under the previous privately owned railway companies.
If you don't know the facts, for God's sake Google for information before committing your opinions to print.
What rubbish. Total rewriting of history. The taxpayer subsidies to the private rail companies are huge.

You're soooo hoping nobody does Google aren't you?
[quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised. It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time. British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation. Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for.[/p][/quote]How old are you, fifteen? We have had a railway system for 189 years and only 49 of those were nationalised. British Rail was an unmitigated disaster based on political ideology that absorbed hundreds of millions of Pounds of taxpayers money in subsidies. Not every station was manned. The Beeching reforms closed a third of all passenger services and more than 4,000 of the 7,000 stations closed. Stations that operated successfully under the previous privately owned railway companies. If you don't know the facts, for God's sake Google for information before committing your opinions to print.[/p][/quote]What rubbish. Total rewriting of history. The taxpayer subsidies to the private rail companies are huge. You're soooo hoping nobody does Google aren't you? Andy R
  • Score: 2

12:24am Fri 25 Apr 14

Vigilia says...

Andy R wrote:
Vigilia wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised.

It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time.

British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation.

Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for.
How old are you, fifteen?

We have had a railway system for 189 years and only 49 of those were nationalised. British Rail was an unmitigated disaster based on political ideology that absorbed hundreds of millions of Pounds of taxpayers money in subsidies. Not every station was manned.
The Beeching reforms closed a third of all passenger services and more than 4,000 of the 7,000 stations closed. Stations that operated successfully under the previous privately owned railway companies.
If you don't know the facts, for God's sake Google for information before committing your opinions to print.
What rubbish. Total rewriting of history. The taxpayer subsidies to the private rail companies are huge.

You're soooo hoping nobody does Google aren't you?
Stupid man
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised. It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time. British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation. Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for.[/p][/quote]How old are you, fifteen? We have had a railway system for 189 years and only 49 of those were nationalised. British Rail was an unmitigated disaster based on political ideology that absorbed hundreds of millions of Pounds of taxpayers money in subsidies. Not every station was manned. The Beeching reforms closed a third of all passenger services and more than 4,000 of the 7,000 stations closed. Stations that operated successfully under the previous privately owned railway companies. If you don't know the facts, for God's sake Google for information before committing your opinions to print.[/p][/quote]What rubbish. Total rewriting of history. The taxpayer subsidies to the private rail companies are huge. You're soooo hoping nobody does Google aren't you?[/p][/quote]Stupid man Vigilia
  • Score: 1

8:42pm Fri 25 Apr 14

ghost bus driver says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised.

It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time.

British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation.

Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for.
Actually Thatcher thought the railways were a privatisation too far. She just starved them of investment. Major was to blame for privatisation.

Having said that, I was against it at the time and i remain against it. I think BR should return forthwith.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised. It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time. British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation. Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for.[/p][/quote]Actually Thatcher thought the railways were a privatisation too far. She just starved them of investment. Major was to blame for privatisation. Having said that, I was against it at the time and i remain against it. I think BR should return forthwith. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 1

8:54am Mon 28 Apr 14

Mrs Darling says...

Andy R wrote:
Vigilia wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised.

It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time.

British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation.

Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for.
How old are you, fifteen?

We have had a railway system for 189 years and only 49 of those were nationalised. British Rail was an unmitigated disaster based on political ideology that absorbed hundreds of millions of Pounds of taxpayers money in subsidies. Not every station was manned.
The Beeching reforms closed a third of all passenger services and more than 4,000 of the 7,000 stations closed. Stations that operated successfully under the previous privately owned railway companies.
If you don't know the facts, for God's sake Google for information before committing your opinions to print.
What rubbish. Total rewriting of history. The taxpayer subsidies to the private rail companies are huge.

You're soooo hoping nobody does Google aren't you?
Absolutely true, there is more paid in subsidies now to private rail operators than ever was paid for the nationalised industry. The most profitable and successful company at present is East Coast which is currently under government control - yet they want to flog it again!
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vigilia[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: All stations USED to be manned before the railways were privatised. It is definitely a case now of profit first - as is proved by the disgusting way our railways are now run. Always delays. Prices going up for travel all the time. British Rail used to be a good service before privatisation. Another thing to thank Thatcher and the corrupt conservatives for.[/p][/quote]How old are you, fifteen? We have had a railway system for 189 years and only 49 of those were nationalised. British Rail was an unmitigated disaster based on political ideology that absorbed hundreds of millions of Pounds of taxpayers money in subsidies. Not every station was manned. The Beeching reforms closed a third of all passenger services and more than 4,000 of the 7,000 stations closed. Stations that operated successfully under the previous privately owned railway companies. If you don't know the facts, for God's sake Google for information before committing your opinions to print.[/p][/quote]What rubbish. Total rewriting of history. The taxpayer subsidies to the private rail companies are huge. You're soooo hoping nobody does Google aren't you?[/p][/quote]Absolutely true, there is more paid in subsidies now to private rail operators than ever was paid for the nationalised industry. The most profitable and successful company at present is East Coast which is currently under government control - yet they want to flog it again! Mrs Darling
  • Score: 0

9:08am Mon 28 Apr 14

mimseycal says...

Public services should not belong to private companies. The public purse is open to all these companies whether this is through subsidies, long term/low cost loans that are eventually written off or the tax breaks ...

If we are going to pay for a service, we may as well control the service.
Public services should not belong to private companies. The public purse is open to all these companies whether this is through subsidies, long term/low cost loans that are eventually written off or the tax breaks ... If we are going to pay for a service, we may as well control the service. mimseycal
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