Stoke & Staffordshire

Rail worker suffers 'serious' burns by track at Stafford

A rail worker has suffered "serious" burns while working alongside the track in Stafford.

The air ambulance was called to Stafford railway station at about 08:30 GMT, prompting the overhead power lines to be turned off.

The power was restored at about 09:30 and passengers faced delays of about an hour before services returned to normal at about 11:30.

The man was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Network Rail said it was not yet clear what had happened.

'Extensive burns'

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch will investigate the incident.

It is not yet known who the man is employed by, a Network Rail spokesman said.

"[He] was working line-side, not on the station, but by the track, when it happened," the spokesman said.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "A man in his 20s had suffered extensive burns which were treated at the scene.

"He was also given pain relief before being taken by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham."

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