Cyclist critical after riding onto live rail

Man overshot platform edge and toppled onto tracks

A 47 year-old man remains in a critical condition after riding his bike off a railway platform at St Leonards Warrior Square Station in Hastings, East Sussex and falling onto an electrified rail.

The cyclist, who has not been named, is thought to have ridden his bike down steps and overshot the platform edge before striking his head on the 750 volt live rail.  He suffered severe burns which have been described as life-threatening.

According to the British Transport Police, the incident happened at 8.48am yesterday and was witnessed by both railway personnel and members of the public. Railway staff were able to rapidly turn off the electrical current and prevent trains from entering the station.  The man was transported to ConquestHospital in St Leonards where he is currently being treated.

An eyewitness to the incident posting on a news website said: “It was not stupidity, but bad judgement and my understanding is that his brakes failed.”

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