North East Wales

Policeman 'risked life' in bid to save woman from train

Shotton Low Level Railway Station Image copyright El Pollock/Geograph
Image caption Police were called to Shotton Low Level railway station at about 11:00 BST on 1 May

A police officer risked his life trying to save a woman from an oncoming train, an inquest opening has heard.

Sheryl Christine Thomas, 20, died when she was hit by a train at Shotton Low Level station, Flintshire, on 1 May, but the actions of the officer were only revealed at the hearing on Monday.

North Wales Police officers were called to reports of a woman by the track.

One of them tried to push her out of the way, but she was hit by an oncoming train and suffered multiple injuries.

Miss Thomas had no fixed address but had been living in Connah's Quay.

John Gittins, coroner for north Wales east and central, told the hearing in Ruthin: "The officer tried to push her out of the way but despite his courageous efforts the train struck her."

The inquest was adjourned until later in the year.

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