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Officers tell of shock at Carmarthenshire train collision

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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POLICE officers have described the horrific moment they realised a man had lost his arm in a collision with a train.

The 43-year-old from Llandovery was in collision with the train near the Brynmarlais level crossing.

Emergency services were called to the scene and Ammanford police officers, PC Kevin Jones and PC Steve Morris were the first there.

PC Kevin Jones said: “We both did as much as we could until the paramedics arrived.”

Officer Jones said he believed the man had received a glancing blow until he saw his arm.

“I have been in the force for 23 years and it was the biggest shock I have had in my life.”

Officer Jones said he went into auto-pilot at the scene and took off his belt to use it as a tourniquet on the man’s arm.

“It was horrendous, but he is lucky to be alive,” he added.

The man is believed to have been struck by the train at low speed after the driver applied the emergency brake after seeing him on the tracks.

He was airlifted to Morriston Hospital in Swansea, following the incident, which happened at around 5.30pm on Saturday, November 3 where he underwent surgery on Saturday night.

Officer Jones said that from what he could understand the man was ok.

Ward councillor Anthony Jones, who lives just 200 yards from where the incident occurred, said: “The emergency services were all working frantically to help the injured man.

“Our thoughts are with the individual who was injured.

“We hope the individual will make a full recovery,” he added.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said they were not treating the incident as suspicious and were working alongside colleagues at Dyfed-Powys Police.

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  • arnoldlane  |  November 08 2012, 9:31PM

    What about the trauma suffered by the train driver who saw it all then had to attend before the police arrived

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  • newsaffair  |  November 08 2012, 9:16PM

    arnoldlane, The comments i made were of officers being faced with a traumatic situation,performing what was a distressing incident. I am aware of police being invited in on postmortems,etc, again not something i would want too see. The police had to arrive at the scene,and witness the injury,provide First Aid,comforting the injured person,resulting in saving that persons life,that to me is excellent service,and should be recognised by the general public as serving their community.

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  • arnoldlane  |  November 08 2012, 5:37PM

    I worked on the railway, I saw police officers take other police officers to see dead bodies suicides etc so they know what to expect when they get the call.

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  • newsaffair  |  November 08 2012, 3:37PM

    Those officers have encountered a horrific incident,how they had to cope with that situation deserves our praise,having to put their basic First Aid training to use,and succeed by saving this persons life. If i had a simmilar accident,i feel that those officers would be my choice of first on the scene. Good job allround.

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  • boogieboy  |  November 08 2012, 1:42PM

    POLICE officers have described the horrific moment they realised a man had lost his arm in a collision with a train. Officer Jones said that from what he could understand the man was ok. Ummmmm he's lost his arm Officer Jones...... he's ok? He's alive but I very much doubt he's ok

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  • boogieboy  |  November 08 2012, 1:42PM

    POLICE officers have described the horrific moment they realised a man had lost his arm in a collision with a train. Officer Jones said that from what he could understand the man was ok. Ummmmm he's lost his arm Officer Jones...... he's ok? He's alive but I very much doubt he's ok

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  • Jiffy  |  November 08 2012, 9:23AM

    Will this incident stop other people from playing on the railway? I very much doubt it.

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