Three men rushed to hospital after falling onto Gravesend train track

PUBLISHED: 12:14 29 October 2013 | UPDATED: 12:14 29 October 2013

Three men have been rushed to hospital after falling onto the train track at Gravesend station.

The incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning and police believe two of the men fell trying to rescue their friend, who slipped from the footbridge onto the embankment.

One 30-year-old man was taken to Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford with a fractured arm while the two other injured parties, both in their 20s, were taken to King’s College Hospital in London.

One is being treated for severe burns while the other has minor burns and facial injuries.

Officers from British Transport Police and Kent Police attended the scene just before 12.15am.

A BTP spokesman said: “t is believed that two men fell after trying to rescue their friend who had accidentally slipped from a nearby footbridge onto the embankment.

“Medics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service treated the men for injuries after coming into contact with the live third rail.

“Firefighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service attended and removed the men from the tracks.

“Officers are continuing to investigate to establish the full circumstances although the incident is being treated as non-suspicious.

“The line was reopened at 1.27am.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Gravesend Reporter. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Gravesend Reporter