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Scottish cyclist trapped under train after apparently riding his bike along station platform

Police believe man fell off bike as he rode on platform at station near Glasgow

A man in Scotland had to be freed from under a train by firefighters on Saturday evening after apparently falling of a station platform while riding his bike there. The 48-year-old man, from Bellshill, was taken to hospital for treatment to unspecified injuries.

The incident took place at Uddingston station, Lanarkshire, around seven miles south east of Glasgow, at a little after 9pm on the evening of Saturday 27 September, reports STV.

Firefighters, police and paramedics attending the scene. Once freed, the cyclist was taken for treatment to his injuries to Monklands District General Hospital in Airdrie, where he remains.

According to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, "Operations Control Johnstone received the first of several 999 calls at 9.09pm and mobilised two fire appliances and one heavy rescue vehicle.

"On their arrival firefighters quickly established a safe working area in and around the train by requesting Network Rail to stop all rail traffic coming in and out of the railway station.

"Fire crews worked alongside colleagues from the British Transport Police, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service to quickly remove the casualty from under the train and provided on scene medical treatment prior to their transportation to nearby Monklands Hospital.”

British Transport Police said it would launch a full investigation into the incident, with a spokesman adding: "The incident is not being treated as suspicious, but enquiries continue. Members of the public are reminded to take care on station platforms."

Incidents involving cyclists on the railways more often involve level crossings. Earlier this month, we reported how a coroner’s inquest in Suffolk had reached a conclusion of accidental death after Adrian Smith was killed as he pushed his bike across a railway line near Great Barton.

Last year, British Transport Police released a video showing a woman miss being it by a train by a matter of inches when she attempted to ride her bike through a level crossing where the barrier, covering half the width of road, was  down and warning lights flashing.

The woman came forward in response to an appeal from police and received a formal caution.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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