A police officer is in a serious condition after being hit by a train while trying to save a distressed man who was on the tracks.
Officers were deployed to a residential area in Balderton, near Newark-on-Trent, just before 7pm on Thursday, over concerns for a man’s safety, Nottinghamshire Police said.
An officer was hit by a train during the incident. He was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham with serious injuries.
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The man on the railway lines was also injured and taken to hospital, however his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
British Transport Police is investigating the incident.
Chief Constable Kate Meynell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This is a truly devastating incident that has left one of our officers very poorly in hospital.
“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.”
In a statement, BTP said: “Officers attended alongside paramedics, where one man was found to have sustained non-life-threatening electrocution injuries, and another man, a Nottinghamshire police officer, had sustained life-changing injuries and sadly remains in a critical condition. Both were taken to hospital where they remain. “British Transport Police is continuing to make enquiries into the incident.”