Woman saved from car on train line

A 21-year-old woman has had a "very lucky escape" after two motorists rescued her from a car overturned on a rail line seconds before a train passed.

The heroes have been praised for their actions by the police. The woman's car rolled down an embankment and on to a rail line.

Her Ford Fiesta left the road at Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, then overturned, trapping her inside.

A motorist who saw what happened rushed to help and with the aid of a second driver who also stopped at the scene, they pushed the car on to its wheels so that the woman could get out of the driver's door.

Emergency services were called by a passenger in the second car.

A train passed less than a minute after the woman was rescued from the car. The two men, aided by a third passing driver, pushed the vehicle off the line just in time to prevent a collision with the passing train.

"The woman was not injured but she had a very lucky escape," said Pc Allen Burridge.

"We have been told that the train went past quite fast only about 30 seconds after the car was pushed out of the way."

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