9 Sep 2014

30ft Fall from Scaffolding results in Fractured Leg

A MAN fractured his legs after falling 30 feet off some scaffolding and onto the railway line at East Grinstead station.

It is unclear at this stage if the man was a contractor working at the station and what led to him falling from the scaffolding, but Southern, Network Rail and the British Transport Police are currently looking into it.

Rich Airey, a spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance service, confirmed paramedics had been called to the station at about 7.35pm on Sunday

They had received reports that a man, thought to be about 40 years old, had fallen onto the railway tracks. Paramedics had to walk onto platform 2 in order to reach him, according to Secamb's logs, although it is not clear if the man was on the tracks below platform 2, or further along the railway line.

Two ambulances, two paramedics' cars and a road vehicle belonging to the air ambulance attended the scene and the crews worked together to remove the man from the railway line and treat him for fractures to his legs.

Network Rail was contacted to turn off the live rail while the man was rescued.

The man was fully conscious when he was taken away by the paramedics to St George's Hospital in Tooting, London.

More information will be published when it becomes available. Check back for updates.

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