Man 'on fire' at Birmingham New Street station

1 December 2019, 12:01

Birmingham New Street station
Birmingham New Street station. Picture: Getty

By Sylvia DeLuca

A man is being treated for critical burns after it is thought he came into contact with overhead cables at Birmingham's New Street railway station.

Police, fire crews and the air ambulance were called to the station at around 08:00 GMT on Sunday morning.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "Paramedics and police quickly arrived on scene, and a man was treated for burn injuries. At this early stage it is believed he came into contact with the overhead power lines.

"He has been taken to hospital where his condition is described as life threatening.

"The circumstances of the man receiving his injuries are at this time, not believed to be suspicious."

Train services were expected to be delayed until 11.00 GMT, National Rail said.

On its website, the rail provider said: "Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident at Birmingham New Street. Consequently, there are a reduced number of platforms at the station, and this means that that trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised."

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