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Revealed: Shocking injuries of driver whose train was hit by a brick at 70mph

23 March 2022
The shocking injuries of a train driver whose cab window was shattered by a brick thrown by vandals in Clifton, Greater Manchester have been revealed.

Ian Birch, who works for Northern at their base in Blackburn, was left with cuts to his face after the incident, which happened as the train travelled at 70mph on Friday, 4 February.

Miraculously, Mr Birch was able to bring the train to a halt safely and praised the response of a doctor travelling on-board who was able to administer immediate first aid.

Despite appeals for information from Northern and British Transport Police, no arrests have yet been made.

Speaking now that he has returned to work, Ian Birch said: “I want the people who did this to see the impact of their actions. I could have been blinded or even killed.

“Someone knows who threw that brick and I urge them to come forward to help ensure the person responsible doesn’t have the chance to endanger more lives with their reckless behaviour.”

Anyone with information can contact BTP by texting 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40. Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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