Our hero Billy saves woman in rail drama

Our hero Billy saves woman in rail drama

Our hero Billy saves woman in rail drama

First published in News

A HEROIC off-duty soldier saved an injured woman’s life by dragging her off railway tracks as a high speed train hurtled towards her.

Billy McPhail, of Devonshire Road in Laindon, has been hailed a hero after clambering over live rails to help the woman, who had slipped from the station platform and broken her ankle.

Mr McPhail, 26, who is training to be a paratrooper, jumped down onto the track, and with the help of another commuter scooped the woman – aged in her sixties – on to the platform, saving her life.

Commuters who witnessed the incident praised the former De La Salle pupil on social media, but he shrugged off the compliments.

He said: “I am really not a hero, I just acted on instinct.

“I was just thinking, ‘if I don’t get her off the tracks then she will die’.

“My dad said I was an idiot to risk my life but I would like to think if I was ever in an accident then someone would jump in and rescue me.”

Mr McPhail was waiting for a train at Strood Station, in Kent, at about 6.05am last Thursday. He said: “I was on the opposite platform 200 yards away and I saw the lady fall down in between the tracks and then heard the train horn coming.

“I put my phone in my pocket, jumped down and ran across the track – narrowly missing the train coming from the other direction.

“Everyone was screaming and shouting but I was not really thinking about what I was doing.

“I saw her ankle bent the wrong way, so I knew she was hurt and I couldn’t move her on my own.

“I called to another guy to help, he jumped down and other people ran along the platform to try and flag down the train.

“Luckily, it managed to stop a few yards away from us at the end of the platform.”

The pair managed to lift the woman on to the platform and stayed with her until the ambulance service arrived.

Mr McPhail, who was visiting friends in Medway at the time of the incident, added: “The lady was in bits, she was crying, she was really scared.

“I don’t know her name but I spoke to her husband to tell him what had happened to her and he was really grateful.”

Mr McPhail hopes to join the parachute regiment in Colchester after completing his training.

A spokesman from Southeastern Trains, which operates Strood Station, said: “What Mr McPhail did was commendable, he took it upon himself to save this woman’s life.

“However Strood Station has a live electrical line and our advice is usually in the event of an emergency to contact station staff and they will call the signallers to cut power to the line.

“However Mr McPhail acted on instinct and without any regard for his own safety,

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8:07am Wed 4 Jun 14

TheaWells says...

Lovely to read, well done him and I hope the lady recovers emotionally as well as physically.

So much nicer than reading about idiots mugging pensioners... THIS is what we need, more of the young taking an active interest in helping their elders. It's so much better to have your photo in the papers because of a good deed....
Lovely to read, well done him and I hope the lady recovers emotionally as well as physically. So much nicer than reading about idiots mugging pensioners... THIS is what we need, more of the young taking an active interest in helping their elders. It's so much better to have your photo in the papers because of a good deed.... TheaWells
  • Score: 46

9:42am Wed 4 Jun 14

SLord90 says...

Fantastic! Great to see! Made my morning! :)
Fantastic! Great to see! Made my morning! :) SLord90
  • Score: 27

11:00am Wed 4 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

Top man Billy.
Top man Billy. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 21

11:03am Wed 4 Jun 14

pembury53 says...

englands finest, we salute you.....
englands finest, we salute you..... pembury53
  • Score: 18

11:45am Wed 4 Jun 14

SSRoscoe says...

Well done Billy and the other man who jumped down to help.
Well done Billy and the other man who jumped down to help. SSRoscoe
  • Score: 18

12:53pm Wed 4 Jun 14

rayleigh123 says...

A real, real hero

BUT --- our advice is usually in the event of an emergency to contact station staff and they will call the signallers to cut power to the line.

How can you do this when the station is UNMANNED ???????

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A real, real hero BUT --- our advice is usually in the event of an emergency to contact station staff and they will call the signallers to cut power to the line. How can you do this when the station is UNMANNED ??????? . . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 16

4:03pm Wed 4 Jun 14

pussycats says...

Much admiration to you Billy McPhail and for taking control of the horrendous situation. A true hero and gentleman. God bless you.
Much admiration to you Billy McPhail and for taking control of the horrendous situation. A true hero and gentleman. God bless you. pussycats
  • Score: 9

4:53pm Wed 4 Jun 14

LexyGirl says...

What a wonderfully brave thing to do. He is very much a hero in my eyes despite what he thinks, as is the man who also helped to pull the injured lady clear of the track.
Now one other point I'd like to make, and that is, it's all very well for the spokesman to say he should of contacted station staff, by that time I'm sure the woman would have been killed. He acted on impulse and thank goodness he did.
What a wonderfully brave thing to do. He is very much a hero in my eyes despite what he thinks, as is the man who also helped to pull the injured lady clear of the track. Now one other point I'd like to make, and that is, it's all very well for the spokesman to say he should of contacted station staff, by that time I'm sure the woman would have been killed. He acted on impulse and thank goodness he did. LexyGirl
  • Score: 7

1:19pm Thu 5 Jun 14

whataday says...

Heart-warming to read something like this. You should be proud of yourself Mr McPhail
Heart-warming to read something like this. You should be proud of yourself Mr McPhail whataday
  • Score: 3

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