September 12, 2008

Accident Victim Very Ill

A MAN struck by a train remained seriously ill in hospital today.

He is in the intensive care unit at Newcastle General Hospital after suffering a head injury and collapsed lung.

He was struck after running in front of a Hexham to Middlesbrough Northern Rail train on Wednesday morning at the rear of the Davy Roll factory in Gateshead.

Police have not revealed the victim's identity, but he is 22 and from the Gateshead area.

The section of the track where he was hit is near Coulthards Lane and the Gateshead College campus.

It is believed the man was taking a short cut across the line from the Davy Roll side to Saltmeadows.

British Transport Police are investigating the incident.

A spokesman said: "He has been stabilised, but remains seriously injured in hospital. We are continuing inquiries."

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