Appeal after pedestrian cheats death on train tracks

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British Transport Police officers are calling on the public for information after a near miss at Holmes level crossing in Rotherham.

Just after 9.10pm on Thursday, 22 May, the 5.40pm Reading to Newcastle Cross Country service was travelling through the area when the driver spotted a pedestrian on the Holmes crossing.

PC Maya Limbani said: “The driver immediately hit the emergency brakes and sounded the train’s horn, but was unable to stop before the crossing and was convinced he had struck the pedestrian.

Following the incident BTP officers and colleagues from the fire service carried out an extensive search in the area, but could find no trace of anyone who may have been hit by a train.

PC Limbani added: “It appears the pedestrian made a miraculous escape, but the driver has suffered significant distress, believing his train struck a person.

“I am now calling on anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident, or who may have information which could assist the investigation to come forward.

“This was a serious incident, which has traumatised a member of rail staff and also caused significant delays to rail services in the area and it is imperative that we trace the individual.”

If you can help please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log PSUB/B8 of 27/5/14.