Lucky escape for elderly man who drove electric buggy onto DLR tracks as train stopped just a few feet away from him
19:28 GMT, 11 December 2012
An elderly man had a lucky escape today after falling on the tracks of the Docklands Light Railway.
The man was apparently waiting for a train at West Ham station in east London when the accident happened.
He seemingly drove his motorised buggy on to the tracks as a train was approaching the station.
Fall: An elderly man drove his electric buggy onto the tracks at West Ham DLR station in east London
Emergency: But the approaching train stopped a few feet away from the man
But the train was thankfully able to stop in time, meaning the man escaped serious injury.
Police attended the scene as passengers on the train were forced to wait for the man to be rescued from the tracks.
There were then some delays between Stratford and Canning Town stations after service was temporarily shut down to deal with the disturbance.
Rescue: Workers and emergency services helped to clear the tracks after the man's accident
Disaster: The incident could have ended much worse if the train had not been able to stop so quickly
One witness to the scene, @CoralieBarnes, tweeted: 'Some guy lying slumped half over the side of the platform at West Ham DLR'.
The fact that the train managed to stop at a reasonable distance could help allay the fears of some over the safety of the driverless trains on the DLR network.
The trains are automatic and effectively drive themselves, although they have a 'captain' on board who can operate emergency controls if needed.
Help: It is not known how the man ended up driving onto the tracks while waiting for a train
Lucky: Both the rider and his buggy were largely unhurt after the distressing accident