A police officer is in a serious condition after being hit by a train while saving a “distressed man” who was on the tracks.
Nottinghamshire Police said they were called to a residential area in Balderton, near Newark-on-Trent, over concerns for a man’s safety just before 7pm on Thursday.
The officer was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham along with the man who was on the railway lines, whose injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The British Transport Police are leading an investigation into what happened.
Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: “This is a truly devastating incident that has left one of our officers very poorly in hospital. We are supporting his family and ensuring that he gets all the care and support he needs.
“This was also extremely traumatic for all those who attended the scene, some of whom provided immediate medical assistance while the ambulance was on its way.
“I would like to personally thank them for their quick and dedicated response to this incident.
“Officers and police staff put themselves in danger every day to keep the public safe and from harm and I personally want to say how eternally grateful and proud I am of them all.”