A RAYLEIGH teen is being hailed as a hero after rescuing a woman in a mobility scooter from some train tracks.
Ben Clarke, 15, was on his way home from the gym when a he saw a woman in a mobility scooter “catapulted” onto the tracks at Rayleigh train station after the accelerator on her scooter jammed.
Ben leaped onto the tracks to help the disabled lady, aided by other witnesses.
He has since been hailed as a hero after a friend of the lady posted on Facebook looking for the youngster to thank him.
His mum, Kerri Clarke, reportedly said: “Ben said he was walking back home and whilst approaching the stairs on the platform heard a scream and a crash.
“He turned around to see a person on the track and a mobility scooter. He ran up the platform and jumped onto the track as some other people came to join him.
She added: “Ben is pretty relaxed with what happened, I think he was a bit embarrassed being classed as a ‘local hero’, after all, he is a teenager.
“But he has nothing to be embarrassed about. He has made us all proud. Ben is just most concerned about the lady and her being OK.”
It is reported that the lady who Ben helped was taken to hospital for treatment and it is understood that she is now doing well at home.
Ms Clarke reflected: “After getting over the initial shock that he had jumped onto the tracks and putting his life at risk, my family and I are so proud of what Ben did.
“Reading all the messages and him being called a hero makes us so proud.
“We would hope that others faced with the same situation would have done the same.”
Picture: Ben, by Kerri Clarke.
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