Bravery award for railway heroine

A female taxi driver who risked her life to rescue two motorists after they crashed on a level crossing as a train was approaching has been awarded the Royal Humane Society's silver medal for bravery.

Lucy Gale, 32, from Pontefract, West Yorkshire, was approaching Hensall level crossing on May 27, 2010, when she saw two cars obstructing the railway line after a collision - with a freight train approaching at speed.

Putting her life at risk, Ms Gale dragged the elderly female driver out of one of the vehicles and moved her to a safe place.

She then helped the male driver of the second vehicle get out of his car after forcing his damaged door open.

In an incredible show of strength and bravery, Ms Gale then jumped in the vehicle and drove it off the crossing to prevent a disaster when the oncoming train roared past.

Ms Gale assisted both the male and female casualties until the police and ambulance service arrived.

British Transport Police officer Harry Thompson, who was one of the first officers on the scene, said: "When I arrived, I had no idea about the events that had taken place prior to the emergency services attending."

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