Footage has emerged of an explosion at Sidcup station yesterday evening (April 19) after a bicycle was thrown onto the train tracks. Police were called to the South London station at 6.45pm after the explosion caused a fire on the tracks.
The video shows an altercation between three individuals taking place on the other side of the platform before one individual takes hold of the bike and launches it onto the platform. Instantly, a ball of fire emerged on the train tracks shocking onlookers on the other side of the platform.
A spokesperson from British Transport Police said: “British Transport Police were called to Sidcup station at 6.45pm yesterday (April 19) following reports of an altercation and a bicycle thrown onto the tracks. Enquiries into this incident are ongoing. Anyone with information can contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 523 of 19/04/22.”
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It is believed that the strong electrical currents in the railway tracks caused the metal bike to cause a large spark and fire after hitting the track. The metal of the bike could have reacted with the strong electricity levels on the track, which enables trains to move with ease, and the explosion is believed to have been caused by an electrical spark.
The strong electrical current could cause damage to items that fall onto the track and this is why travellers are advised not to cross the railway tracks between platforms.
Network Railway’s station safety guide states: “Every year people are killed while trespassing on the railway. Never step onto the tracks. Lines may be electrified and trains can approach at speed. If you drop something, contact a member of staff.”
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