Narrow escape for Doncaster rail workers

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Picture: Marie Caley D0949MC
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Picture: Marie Caley D0949MC
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Two railworkers had a lucky escape this morning when a van drove into a hydraulic platform they were working on at Clay Lane, Doncaster.

The incident happened next to the railway bridge on Barnby Dun Road just before 3am.

The Network Rail employees were carrying out an inspection of the bridge which carries a freight line and their platform had been coned off.

But a van crashed into it, leaving the platform cage suspended in mid-air.

A man working in the cage was able to clib onto the railway line but a woman in her 40s could not and was rescued by Doncaster firefighters.

They fixed a rope to her and hauled her up to the track. Neither person was injured.

It is believed the driver of the van fled the scene before the emergency services arrived.