Frenchman leaps from wheelchair to avoid train

9th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

A disabled 62-year-old threw himself from his wheelchair and crawled to safety after it got stuck on a rail line as a train hurtled towards it.

9 June 2008

CHAMBERY - A disabled 62-year-old threw himself from his wheelchair and crawled to safety after it got stuck on a rail line as a train hurtled towards it, rescue services said Sunday.

The incident at a level crossing in the French Alps came just days after seven schoolchildren were killed when their bus was hit by a train as it tried to cross a level crossing in the same region of France.

Sahli Messikh was trying to cross the railway in the town of Chambery when a wheel of his chair got stuck on the track. He threw himself to the ground and crawled away to avoid the train, which crushed the chair.

Messikh was given a medical checkup after the incident but had suffered no injuries and was sent back to his home just a few metres from the scene of the incident, rescue services said.

[APF / Expatica]

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