Police officer hit by train while trying to save distressed man on railway tracks in Nottinghamshire

During the incident, a police officer was hit by a train and taken to Queen's Medical Centre with serious injuries Credit: ITV News

A police officer is in a serious condition after being hit by a train, as he tried to save a distressed man who was on the railway lines in Nottinghamshire.

Police were called to a residential area in Balderton over concerns for a man’s safety just before 7.00pm on Thursday 24 August.

During the incident, a police officer was hit by a train and taken to Queen's Medical Centre with serious injuries.

The man on the railway lines is also injured but it is not thought his injuries are life-threatening.

British Transport Police (BTP) are leading the investigation into the incident.

In a statement, BTP said: "Officers attended alongside paramedics, where one man was found to have sustained non-life-threatening electrocution injuries, and another man, a Nottinghamshire police officer, had sustained life-changing injuries and sadly remains in a serious condition. Both were taken to hospital where they remain.

"British Transport Police is continuing to make enquiries into the incident."

Newark MP, Robert Jenrick, has posted on social media this afternoon that his thoughts and prayers are with the police officer.

Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: "This is a truly devastating incident that has left one of our officers very poorly in hospital.

"We are supporting his family and ensuring that he gets all the care and support he needs.

"This was also extremely traumatic for all those who attended the scene, some of whom provided immediate medical assistance while the ambulance was on its way.

"I would like to personally thank them for their quick and dedicated response to this incident.

"Officers and police staff put themselves in danger every day to keep the public safe and from harm and I personally want to say how eternally grateful and proud I am of them all."

The chairman of Nottinghamshire Police Federation, Simon Riley, said it's supporting a number of officers who were involved in the incident.

"The thoughts of Nottinghamshire Police Federation are very much with our injured colleague and his family.

“We are supporting a number of officers involved in the incident and will continue to do everything we can to support all of our members at this time.

“This incident highlights the bravery and dedication of our members in Nottinghamshire in serving our communities and keeping people safe.”