Woman chased train down tracks after leaving her bags on board

A student ran a mile down a railway track and across a viaduct to catch a train, putting her life at risk. Police said the 34-year-old woman panicked after getting off the train at Burnley Central Station to buy a ticket when it set off again without her. She climbed down from the platform and chased after the train.

Police said the woman, who has not been named, ran to the next station Burnley Barracks, a mile down the line. Another train travelling in the opposite direction had to stop as staff plucked her to safety and called police and the woman was quizzed for several hours. She was issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice for trespassing.

The woman had got on at Nelson and wanted to travel to Preston but her card had been declined. She had got off the train at Burnley Central to buy a ticket but the train set off. Insp Phil Hutchinson, from Lancashire Police, said: "She was on her way to university to sit an exam and some of her property was on the train." He said the woman could have been killed and warned rail users of the dangers of jumping on the tracks.

Insp Hutchinson said: “It is absolutely one of the most dangerous things people can do. From our point of view, it not only puts yourself in danger, but my staff as well. We have a duty to protect people and make sure they are safe, but I have to deploy my officers onto the live tracks if someone gets on. People don’t often think about the additional consequences. If a train had hit her she could have been killed."