Rail crews at Virginia railway station. Picture: Steve Pohlner
Rail crews at Virginia railway station. Picture: Steve Pohlner

Train fall man in critical condition

A VISUALLY impaired man who fell on to tracks at a northside Brisbane station and became trapped under a train for 45 minutes is now in a critical condition.

He was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition with leg injuries following the incident at Virginia train station about 4.15pm on Wednesday.

The hospital has today confirmed his condition is now critical.

Witnesses reported seeing the man look disorientated and losing his balance before he fell on to the tracks.

 

Rail crews and emergency services at Virginia railway station. Picture: Steve Pohlner
Rail crews and emergency services at Virginia railway station. Picture: Steve Pohlner

The driver of an approaching train applied the brakes but could not stop in time, hitting the man’s legs.

It took 25 firefighters up to 45 minutes to free him.

 

The accident suspended services on several lines as rail crews and emergency services worked to free the man and investigate. Picture: Steve Pohlner
The accident suspended services on several lines as rail crews and emergency services worked to free the man and investigate. Picture: Steve Pohlner

Police today told The Courier-Mail the man was vision impaired.

The incident resulted in train suspensions for the Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe and Shorncliffe lines yesterday, with major delays for several hours.


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