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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Shipley rail hero saves life of passenger badly hurt after falling onto line

Shipley rail hero saves life of passenger badly hurt after falling onto line
Shipley rail hero saves life of passenger badly hurt after falling onto line
Luke Brewster on the platform of Shipley Railway Station where he helped to save the life of a man who fell on the track between a moving train and the platform

Shipley rail hero saves life of passenger badly hurt after falling onto line

Luke Brewster, of Windhill, hailed a hero

A MAN who risked his own life to race across train tracks to save that of an injured fellow passenger said danger was the last thing on his mind.
Unemployed Luke Brewster, 32, is being hailed a hero by another passenger who saw him go to the rescue on Sunday night, jumping down onto the tracks at Shipley Railway Station and dashing across them to help the badly hurt man.
“I’d shouted ‘don’t go on the tracks, mate’. I thought he’d be electrified or get hit by another train but he just went for it. He was quite a guy. I wouldn’t have done it,” said David Hanson, 38, who had just got off the 11.21pm Leeds train on Platform 2 where the drama happened.
Mr Hanson called for an ambulance while Mr Brewster remembered life-saving skills learned as a boy to check and clear the casualty’s airways before starting chest compressions.
“It just came back to me in a flash, everything I’d learned from a class my dad took me to when I was little,” said Mr Brewster, of The Sidings, Windhill. “I didn’t stop to think about myself. No-one seemed to be doing anything about it. I just heard screams and turned back round to see people standing around in shock, looking on the tracks and saying he was a gonner.”
“I just said I’m going down there. People shouted at me not to do it but it struck me I was the only one who was going to help. If he had one chance it was going to be down to me. I just did what I did,” he said.
Mr Brewster said he had seen the man on his train but had rushed off because he wanted to get home after a day’s deep-fishing in Scarborough.




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