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Award for York rail worker who saved woman hit by train
A YORK-BASED railway worker helped save a woman’s life after she was hit by a train on a level crossing, and has now been recognised for his bravery and professionalism after the accident.
Chris Roberts works from Hudson House in York, as part of a team closing level crossings for Network Rail.
He was working in Thorne, South Yorkshire in January this year, on initial plans to install a footbridge over a crossing when he saw a pedestrian hit by a train.
Incredibly, the woman survived and Chris helped the emergency services treat her before springing into action to design and build a temporary footbridge to make sure the harrowing accident was not repeated. It was designed in under 72 hours, and in place on January 22, just 13 days later.
Tom O’Connor, managing director of awards organiser Rail Media, said his award was “well deserved”
He added: "Chris rose to the challenge of helping an injured pedestrian at Thorne South and then immediately doing something about the safety issues involved.”
On Saturday, October 5, Chris was presented with the Rail Safety Person of the Year Award during the RailStaff Awards in Birmingham.
Chris, 35, from Garforth, said: "Massive thanks to the design team; this award is down to the team.
"The lady survived, which was a miracle, and for the next two weeks it was full on 24/7 to get a temporary footbridge in and take out that dangerous crossing. I had a great team backing me up."
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