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Woman cheats death standing on track in front of oncoming train


Woman cheats death after being on rail tracks in North Wales
by David Powell, DPW EastJun 29 2012

A WOMAN standing on a railway line cheated death after a high speed train stopped yards from her.

Chat, Make Friends & Play Bingo at Mecca The dramatic incident happened as the Cardiff to Holyhead train approached Rhyl and the crew was alerted to a person on the track near Wellington Road shortly after 3pm.

The driver managed to halt the Arriva Trains Wales service before it struck the woman on the track.

Train crew then went out to the lady and brought her on board before going into Rhyl station.

Police were called and took away the unnamed 49-year-old under the Mental Health Act.

Passengers were delayed for around an hour.

Network Rail spokesman Chris Denham said: “The signaller was requested to stop all trains between Rhyl and Abergele. The 11.21am Cardiff to Holyhead service stopped just short of the person in front of the train. The Arriva Trains Wales crew from the train managed to get the woman on board.”

They went into the station and handed her into the care of British Transport Police by 3.48pm. Mr Denham said the Arriva crew deserve credit for their actions. The crew of another train going in the opposite direction had also been alerted and was going extremely slowly to avoid the trespasser.

Network Rail said passengers were asked to leave the train and staff checked no fencing was damaged.

Arriva said services returned to normal by 4pm.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said the woman was detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.


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