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Emergency services rush to railway incident between Bishop's Stortford and Stansted

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Police and paramedics are at the scene of the incident
Police and paramedics are at the scene of the incident

An air ambulance, paramedics and police rushed to the scene of an incident on the railway line between Bishop's Stortford and Stansted this afternoon (Tuesday).

Initially train operator Greater Anglia reported that a person had been hit by a train, but in fact it was a near miss and the incident is being treated as a case of trespassing on the line.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Officers were called to Stansted Mountfitchet station at 1.50pm following a report of a person being struck by a train.

“Paramedics and colleagues from Essex Police also attended. Thankfully it was established this incident was a near miss.

“The person is in a place of safety and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of what happened.”

The East of England Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and four hazardous area response team (HART) vehicles to the scene. An Essex and Herts air ambulance was also dispatched.

A spokesman said: “Fortunately, after a thorough search of the area involving transport police and the air ambulance it was established that this was a ‘near miss’ incident and the person involved was later found in a place of safety.”

The shocked train driver involved brought his service to a halt and was replaced with another driver.

Both northbound and southbound lines were blocked.

A motorist heading into Bishop’s Stortford from Stansted along Gipsy Lane reported seeing about six ambulance service vehicles, four police cars and an air ambulance in a field near Tim’s Tiles.

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