Man charged after jumping in to a coal wagon
A man has been arrested after being found in a coal wagon.
The 38 year-old Doncaster man was arrested by British Transport Police officers after he is believed to have jumped in to the coal wagon on Thursday, November 29.
A quick thinking member of the public contacted the police shortly before 1am after he heard someone shouting for help from the back of a train and called the police.
The Humberside Police helicopter was launched to help locate the train which was travelling from Killingholme to Immingham to be loaded with coal.
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British Transport Police were called and they helped stop the train after the man was located in one of the wagons.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service also attended to assist in the rescue of the man, who appeared to be in drink and was not able to get himself out of the wagon.
After being checked over by paramedics the 38 year-old was taken into police custody at Scunthorpe Police Station.
He has been charged with obstructing an engine, using railway and has been released on bail to appear at North Lincolnshire Magistrates on December 17. Inspector Glen Munson of Humberside Police said: "I would like to praise the quick thinking member of the public who heard the man's cry for help and called police immediately.
"There is no doubt in my mind that the actions of this individual helped to save this mans life.
"Had the goods train got back to Immingham Docks, it is highly likely that the carriages would have been fully loaded with coal by crane for a return journey to the power station.
"Once in the carriage , it would have been impossible for the man to escape without help and he would almost certainly have been crushed to death.
"This was a great piece of multi agency work, by Humberside Police, Fire and Rescue, Network Rail and British Transport Police.
"I would like to remind people that incidents such as this have potential to have fatal consequences and please let this be a lesson to those who are intent on risking their lives on the railways."
A spokesperson for Network Rail said: "This incident highlights dramatically why trespassing on the railway is extremely dangerous.
"Thankfully, serious injury was averted but it could have been so much worse. "My thanks go out to the quick thinking person who called the authorities. "We would urge anyone who sees any trespassers on the railway to call British Transport Police or Network Rail; it could save someone's life and will help us keep trains running to time and safely."