Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Passengers stranded by kind act

Passengers were stranded after a train left a station without its conductor
Passengers were stranded after a train left a station without its conductor

A train company has apologised after leaving hundreds of passengers on a platform because their train drove off without the conductor.

The conductor helped a partially-sighted passenger off the 4.37pm London Victoria to Ashford, Kent, service when it stopped at Otford in Kent.

Completing his good deed he looked up to see the train pulling off without him.

When the driver arrived at the next stop, Kemsing, he realised his mistake and asked the hundreds of passengers to get off and wait for another train as they could not continue without the conductor who was in charge of safely dispatching the train.

A spokesman for Southeastern trains said: "We are sorry for what happened and are looking into the incident and apologise for any inconvenience."

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