Police officer critical after being hit by train while trying to save man on tracks near Newark
An investigation into the incident is being led by British Transport Police.
A BTP spokesman said: “Officers were called to the line near Newark Northgate station, Newark-on-Trent at around 7.10pm last night (Aug 24) following reports of a casualty on the tracks.
“Following the initial report, British Transport Police learned the incident followed Nottinghamshire Police responding to a concern for welfare report.
“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.”
Neighbouring police forces sent their condolences to the officers after details of his injuries emerged.
Ch Supt Paul Timmins of Lincolnshire Police tweeted: “This is what most police officers do most of the time… put others before themselves. Prayers for my colleague, their family and friends.”
Robert Jenrick, the Immigration Minister and MP for Newark, wrote: “My thoughts and prayers are with the police officer critically injured in the line of duty at Newark station.
“Terrible incidents such as this remind us of the bravery of those serving in Notts Police and police forces across the country.”