A DONCASTER drunk looking to hitch a free train ride escaped being crushed to death after he was heard calling for help from the back of an empty coal wagon.
Police were called to rescue the sozzled stowaway after a member of the public heard someone shouting for help from the back of a train on Thursday, shortly after 1am.
A police helicopter was launched to help locate the train, which was travelling to Immingham Docks, and it was stopped by British Transport Police.
Staff from Humberside Fire & Rescue Service also attended to assist in the rescue of the man, who police said ‘appeared to be in drink’ and couldn’t get out on his own.
Paramedics checked over the 38-year-old man, from Doncaster, who was then arrested and taken into custody.
He has since been charged with obstructing an engine using the railway and released on bail.
Insp Glen Munson, of Humberside Police, said: “I would like to praise the quick-thinking member of the public who heard the man’s cry for help and called police immediately.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the actions of this individual helped to save this man’s life.
“Had the goods train got back to Immingham Docks, it is highly likely the wagons would have been fully loaded with coal for a return journey to the power station and he would almost certainly have been crushed to death.”