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Pokesdown bridge fall woman lucky to be alive
A YOUNG Bournemouth woman who plunged 30 feet on to a railway line is lucky to be alive after suffering serious injuries.
The 20-year-old is no longer described as critical although she remains in hospital with arm, leg and pelvic injuries.
Police are still appealing for information about what happened at the bridge at Pokesdown at about 10am on Sunday.
A 25-year-old Hampshire man arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder has since been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Passers-by reported hearing an argument and screams moments before the woman hit the railway line.
Southbourne resident Lennie Knott told how she heard a man and a woman arguing on the bridge and added: “We didn’t see her fall but she was screaming.
“She was still screaming when she was on the tracks. It was awful.”
Officers from Dorset Police and the British Transport Police dashed to the scene and the road and railway lines were closed while the incident was dealt with.
South West Trains organised alternative transport for its passengers.
The woman, who has not been named, was removed from the tracks by paramedics from the South Western Ambulance Service and is being treated at Southampton General Hospital.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Mobile phone tariffs may apply.