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Polish train driver hailed for warning people before crash

Published 13/05/2016

Footage from the railcar shows Mateusz Szymanski rushing through the vehicle and warning passengers
Footage from the railcar shows Mateusz Szymanski rushing through the vehicle and warning passengers

A railcar driver in western Poland has been hailed as a hero for saving passengers from injuries as the train crashed into a truck stranded on the tracks.

Footage from the railcar shows Mateusz Szymanski rushing through the vehicle and warning passengers, who throw themselves on the floor, just seconds before the crash on April 19.

Another piece of footage shows construction beams from the truck smash into emptied seats. No one was injured.

Mr Szymanski said he pulled the emergency brakes and rushed to warn passengers as the train travelled at a speed of 110 kilometres (68 miles) per hour from Wagrowiec to Poznan in western Poland.

Krzysztof Ryfa, a railway director, said "we can say he almost certainly saved passengers from injuries".

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