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Cyclist crashes onto rail track

St Leonards Warrior Square Station
The male cyclist overshot the platform onto the railway line

A cyclist has suffered life-threatening burn injuries after riding down the stairs of a railway station and crashing onto a live rail track.

The man in his 40s overshot the platform at St Leonards Warrior Square Station in Hastings, East Sussex.

It is believed he landed on his head on the 750 volt live rail.

British Transport Police said several members of station staff and members of the public witnessed the incident just before 0900 BST.

"It looks like this was an accident, but [it] highlights the dangers of riding bikes at the station," a spokesman said.

"It is a dangerous area, the railways are not a playground."

The man, who has not been identified, is being treated at the Conquest Hospital, in St Leonards.




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