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Train driver narrowly avoids serious injury after boulder thrown at train – Doncaster

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Detectives are urgently appealing for information after a large block of concrete was thrown from a bridge into the path of a speeding train. 

The incident happened shortly after 7pm on Tuesday 11 July. The Northern service was approaching Hatfield and Stainforth station and was passing under the Cuckoo Lane road bridge. 

At this point, a very large piece of concrete was thrown from the bridge and struck the driver’s cab. 

Detectives are now looking to trace those responsible, and are also issuing a stern warning. This behaviour is dangerous

Investigating the incident, DC Lee Parsons, said: “It is astonishing that someone thought it was a clever idea to throw this very large rock over into the path of this train. Vert fortunately, it struck the opposite side to where the driver was sitting, narrowly avoiding causing the driver serious or potentially even fatal injuries”

“Trains travel at very high speeds, and a large rock like this can easily break through the glass. What might seem like a bit of fun, can have extremely serious consequences. 

“We are working very hard to track down whoever is responsible. We will simply not tolerate this type of reckless behaviour and I would urge anyone in the area at the time who witnessed people running away from the scene or has any information in relation to the incident to get in touch as a matter of urgency.” 

Anyone with information is asked to send to send a text to 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 487 of 11/07/2017. Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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