Hero police officer hit by train while trying to rescue man from tracks

A police officer is in serious condition after being struck by a train while trying to rescue a man who was on the tracks.

The officer was with a squad called to a residential area in Balderton, Nottinghamshire, over concerns for a man’s safety on Thursday evening.

Nottinghamshire Police said the man was ‘distressed’ and ended up on a railway line in the town, but did not state how.

The officer was hit by the train while attempting to save him was rushed to hospital, the force said in a statement.

The man was also injured but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Chief Constable Kate Meynell said her colleague was ‘very poorly’ and remained in hospital late on Friday morning.

She added: ‘We are supporting his family and ensuring that he gets all the care and support he needs.

‘This was also extremely traumatic for all those who attended the scene, some of whom provided immediate medical assistance while the ambulance was on its way.

‘I would like to personally thank them for their quick and dedicated response to this incident.

‘Officers and police staff put themselves in danger every day to keep the public safe and from harm and I personally want to say how eternally grateful and proud I am of them all.’

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