Cyclist crashes onto live rail track

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A man is fighting for life after riding his bike down the stairs of a railway station and crashing onto a live rail track, British Transport Police said today.

The man in his 40s, suffered life threatening burn injuries following the accident at St Leonards Warrior Square Station in Hastings, East Sussex.

It is believed the man landed on his head on the 750 volt live rail after he overshot the platform.

Several members of station staff and members of the public witnessed the incident at 8.48am today.

The man was taken to the Conquest Hospital in St Leonards for treatment.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: "A man in his 40s was riding a bike down the stairs of the station, overshot the platform and landed on the tracks and live rail.

"We are still trying to identify the man and notify his next of kin.

"It looks like this was an accident, but highlights the dangers of riding bikes at the station. It is a dangerous area, the railways are not a playground."