Woman rescues commuter who fainted on overcrowded train

Ruth Doherty
Woman helps man who fainted on Paddington line train
Woman helps man who fainted on Paddington line train



A commuter helped rescue a man who fainted on a crowded London-bound train on Monday morning.

Clare Ryalls, 37, from Twyford, was on a 7.37am train on the Paddington line when the train came to a halt amid delays - and a man collapsed.

Speaking to the Reading Chronicle, she said: "We offered him a seat, water and we even found a nurse in our carriage. He was sweating profusely and had obviously become overheated.

"We tried to open the windows in the carriage but they carry a lock which only the driver can open. Despite attempts to reach the driver via the passenger alarm, he did not arrive until some time afterwards - he'd had to make his way to us via the back door of the carriage after walking down the train track because there was no available thoroughfare in the carriage."

There were delays of up to two hours on the line as a result of signalling problems at Acton.

According to Wales Online, several First Great Western services were cancelled and others delayed on Monday because of the signalling failure.

The 8.15am, 9.15am and 10.15am London Paddington to Cardiff Central trains did not run, while the 10.55am, 11.55am and 12.55pm Cardiff Central to London Paddington trains were also cancelled.

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