Railway line plunge horror

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A WIGAN man is in intensive care after plunging on to railway lines in the early hours of the morning.

The man, who is in his early 20s, fell around 25ft on to the tracks at Wigan Wallgate station from King Street West at around 1am on Sunday. Paramedics and officers from the British Transport Police rushed to the scene, with an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and four advance paramedics all attending the incident.

The man suffered injuries to his face and head, and lost consciousness briefly while being treated at the scene. Ambulance crews also suspected he sustained damage to his chest in the incident.

He was taken to Wigan Infirmary where he remains in intensive care, and was assessed by a team of specialists from Manchester yesterday.

A witness who alerted the emergency services told control staff the man was seen climbing on to a bridge and was then seen to fall.

The emergency services also contacted Network Rail, but no trains were running as the line was closed for engineering works.

Anyone who saw the incident or was in the Wallgate area at the time should contact the British Transport Police on 0800 405040.

Enquiries to establish what happened are ongoing.