27 August 2017
Firefighters from Maidstone were called to the scene of man suffering burns received while trying to cross a live electrified railway line with his bicycle near Harrietsham on the afternoon of Sunday 27 August 2017.
It is believed the man, thought to be a tourist, was not aware that railway lines in the UK are powered by a third rail and that crossing them without permission is treated as trespassing. He accidentally allowed his bike touch the live rail, causing its tyres to catch alight. The flames then caught his clothing and he was burned on his legs and forearm.
Upon arrival, fire crews treated the man for the burns and gave him oxygen therapy before handing him to the care of paramedics.
Crew Manager Dominic Moore said: "The gentleman was extremely lucky to survive this incident. We would advise anyone attempting to cross a railway to use official, signposted crossing points such as foot bridges and level crossings."
For more information about railway safety and campaigns to raise awareness of trespassing, please visit Network Rail's website.