Man's legs severed after train accident

A MAN'S legs were severed when he slipped under a train in a freak accident in Essex.The man, who was working on the railway at Harlow station, was helping to manoeuvre a nine carriage train into sidings just before 7am yesterday.

A MAN'S legs were severed when he slipped under a train in a freak accident in Essex.

The man, who was working on the railway at Harlow station, was helping to manoeuvre a nine carriage train into sidings just before 7am yesterday.

Essex fire service said the man's severed limbs had been recovered in the hope surgeons would be able to save them.

Mark Samuels, the firefighter in charge of the incident, said: “It appears the man slipped underneath the carriage as he was seeing back the train.

“His limbs were severed but the cut was clean, so the legs were taken with the casualty to hospital in the hope that medical teams may be able to sew them back on.”

A police and Health and Safety Executive investigation is under way to establish the cause of the accident.

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A spokeswoman for Essex fire service said the man, in his 40s, was freed from under the train by firefighters and paramedics.

A spokeswoman for rail freight operator EWS confirmed the injured man was an employee of the company and was from the London area.

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