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Man “lucky to be alive” after being hit by train which caused disruption to Romford line

20:00 28 November 2012

Stephen Wright.

Stephen Wright.

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A 34-year-old dad believes he is lucky to be alive after being hit by a train and walking away with no serious injuries.

The incident on Wednesday of last week caused disruption to the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line after staff and police began searching for him.

Warehouse clerk Stephen Wright was struck while being sick over the edge of the platform at Goodmayes station, but somehow suffered no more than whiplash and swelling.

That is despite the fact the commuter train, which was not scheduled to stop at the station, may have been travelling at around 70mph.

Stephen, of Upton Park, said: “My aunt said God was rolling with me. There’s no way I should be here.”

He said: “I felt the biggest bang in my head and I screamed out and grabbed my head.

“I thought I could fall down. My son was so scared and I had to be strong.”

Stephen was bleeding from his mouth but then walked across the platform with his two boys and got on a train to his girlfriend’s house.

The following day, with swelling to his head and neck, he reported himself to King George Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes.

He underwent two brain scans at Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford, where he was given the all-clear.

He said: “A policeman said, ‘we were searching for you on the tracks last night’.

“That’s when it came to me more.”

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