“Drunken reveller seconds from being hit by train after falling on to tracks at Huddersfield Railway Station”

Just as well this happened at Huddersfield where the train driver was able to stop, not at Slaithwaite with express trains passing through at 75mph.

[from the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 2nd October 2012]

A DRUNKEN man came within seconds of death after falling on to the tracks at Huddersfield Railway Station.

A First TransPennine Express train stopped 10 feet from the middle-aged reveller after he tumbled off Platform 1 on Saturday evening.

The man, who was with a group of around a dozen drinkers, is believed to have been taking part in the Real Ale Trail.

Hundreds of revellers visit Slaithwaite and Marsden every weekend as part of the pub crawl. Residents have complained that some drinkers behave rowdily and urinate in public.

The man, who is believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s, fell on to the tracks at Platform 1 while “messing about” with 10 of his friends.

A First TransPennine Express train for Liverpool Lime Street halted 10 feet from the man.

He then clambered back on to the platform before heading along the subway to catch the 19.30 Northern Rail service to Manchester Victoria, which calls at Slaithwaite and Marsden.

First TransPennine Express staff then summoned British Transport Police to have the man removed from the train.

Clr Paul Salveson saw the commotion as he rushed to catch the train to Slaithwaite.

“I rushed up at the last minute thinking I would jump on the train just before it left but there was some commotion and one of the platform staff was telling the police that they wanted this man off the train,” he said yesterday.

“He eventually left voluntarily and his mates went with him.

“I heard second hand that he had been on the tracks.”

Clr Salveson, a former senior Northern Rail manager, criticised the man’s behaviour.

“It’s absolutely outrageous but it’s become almost commonplace,” said the Golcar Labour man.

“Going on to the tracks is incredibly dangerous. If the train had set off with him on the tracks, he could have been killed.”

Clr Salveson added that the man and his friends appeared more sober than some Real Ale Trail revellers.

“They didn’t seem as drunk as others,” he said.

“I do wonder how long it will be until there’s a serious accident.”

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said yesterday:

“We received reports at 19.26 on September 29 that a male had accidentally fallen on to the tracks of Platform 1.

“The TransPennine Express service to Liverpool Lime Street entered the station and stopped 10 feet from the male. Nobody was injured.

“The man, who was believed to be in drink, then boarded a train to Manchester Victoria.”

The man was escorted out of the station, but is not believed to have been arrested.

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