Train speeds over drunk man who stumbled on to tracks and he miraculously survives



A drunk man narrowly avoided death after he lay face down on a railway track – and allowed a train to speed over him.

CCTV caught Derek Acton, 44, stumbling along a platform at Harlow Mill station in Essex.

At one point he sat down and started dangling his legs off the edge of the platform.

Dramatic footage then shows him climbing down on to the lines and lying face down between the tracks.

Just moments later, a Greater Anglia train drove over him at speed – before Acton got back up and climbed back up on to the platform.

Derek Acton was fined £570 for drunkenly stumbling on to train tracks

Emergency services were called to the station and when paramedics checked Acton over they found he was not injured.

He was charged with obstructing the railway after his actions at 7.40pm on October 28 last year cost Network Rail an estimated £11,700 in delay compensation.

At Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Acton was handed a twelve month community order, a 60 day alcohol abstinence requirement and a £570 fine.

CCTV caught the 44-year-old stumbling along the platform
Acton then stumbled on to the tracks

Speaking after sentencing, Inspector Steve Webster from British Transport Police said: “Quite frankly, Acton is lucky to be alive.

“In his intoxicated state, he climbed down onto the tracks and lay in the path of a fast approaching train. His actions were baffling.

“I hope Acton sticks to his community order and the alcohol abstinence requirement.

“Hopefully he will steer clear of the tracks and avoid being involved in another near miss.”

Just moments later a Greater Anglia train drove over him at speed

He added: “The railway is an extremely dangerous place to trespass.

“Every year my officers are called to tragic incidents where someone has died or seriously injured as a result of being hit by a train.

“Please remember to stay off the tracks and away from danger.”