Saturday, 31 July 2010

Hurt cyclist rescued by Avon Valley Railway steam train

Hurt cyclist rescued by Avon Valley Railway steam train

Here's a story with a happy ending and a novel but effective way of getting an injured party to the hospital. Once again it is steam power to the rescue!

In all seriousness it was a unique set of circumstances, to have a cycle path right next to a heritage railway line but too far away from either a road or field for the emergency services to access, and with a steam engine just handy. Hats off to both the paramedics for their quick thinking in coming up with such an original solution to a difficult problem and also to the train operators for getting a train to the cyclist and conveying him to a place where he could be easily transferred to hospital with all possible speed.

All's well that ends well and it sounds as though the fellow is well on the way to recovery. An "interesting experience" for everyone involved and not just the paramedics I'll warrant, plus an extra bit of glory for an old and worthy locomotive!

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