RAIL chiefs have confirmed no trains were involved in an incident involving a man being injured after falling down a railway embankment.
Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the Brus Tunnel, in the West View area of Hartlepool, to help the stricken man, who had stumbled and fallen half-way down the embankment.
A Northern Rail spokeswoman said: “No services were actually involved in this incident.
“There was an alleged trespasser on the railway and they have fallen down an embankment.
“We had stopped all trains while emergency services attended to the person.
“There was a minimal delay to trains but we hope to get the line back in the next few minutes.”
Police were called to the scene around 9.45am on Monday.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “We got a call at about 9.45am to say a man was found by a member of the public injured at the railway embankment.
“The man was conscious. “He has been taken to the University Hospital of North Tees.”
A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 9.51am and arrived at 9.56am following reports of a man falling from the top of a tunnel, approximately 6ft. “The patient was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees.
“The incident was classed as a non life-threatening injury.”
A spokesman for Stranton Fire Station said a special service appliance had been called to the incident at 10.15am and crew members helped to transport him on a stretcher down a pedestrianised embankment to await paramedics.