Tina Bryan saw the man on the track from her window
Tina Bryan and her proud grandad David Pitman
The train track in Shotton where the man was discovered
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A HERO teenage girl saved a man’s life after she spotted him lying across a train track.
Tina Bryan, 13, from Connah’s Quay, was staying with her grandfather in Salisbury Street on Tuesday when she spotted the man out of her window, which overlooks the track.
The quick-thinking student sprang into action.
She said: “I went from the bedroom into the front room and looked out the window.
“It was dark but I saw a man on the track.
“He was wearing black clothes and he had a red bobble hat on his head.
“I said ‘grandad there’s man lying on the track, call the police’. Then we heard him crying.
“I was confused and shaky but I knew we had to call the police.”
Tina is spending some of her school holidays looking after her grandfather, David Pitman, 59.
He suffers from angina and trauma and has treatment three times a week at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
He said: “I couldn’t see the man so I switched my light off and I spotted him then. He was staggering from one side of the track to the other and the next thing he was lying across the track. Tina kept telling me to call 999.”
The frightened pair waited for help in the front garden.
They then watched in horror as a train came in to Shotton station, narrowly missing the man who was lying on the opposite track.
Mr Pitman, a former driver for TNT at Deeside Industrial Estate, added: “If it had been one of the Virgin trains going out to North Wales he wouldn’t have stood a chance. They speed up to 100mph.
“The train driver would have been in shock and some of the passengers could have been hurt.
“He was crying and when the police came, we could hear him screaming. Tina was quite frightened.
“If a train had happened to come and she had seen it it would have played on her mind forever.
“I thought she did well spotting him and urging me to ring the police.
“It’s a good job she did because I wouldn’t have known and nobody would have known and we may have found the man had been killed. A policewoman came off the track and all she said was ‘we’ve got him, he’s okay’.”
Tina, who attends Connah’s Quay High School, added: “I just can’t stop thinking about how he could have been run over. It’s made me a bit shaky.”
A spokesman for North Wales Police said officers attended the scene and one man was taken to safety.
They were unable to say why the man was on the track.
Network Rail staff were informed at the time of the incident, which took place at about 9.30pm.
An ambulance spokeswoman said a crew arrived at the scene but was not required.