A QUICK-thinking man who pulled a pensioner to safety - having spotted him wandering on a railway line - said he feared for the man’s life.
Police are investigating why the 69-year-old had walked onto the tracks at Marston Green.
Passer-by Danny Jeune said he was horrified to see the elderly man on the line, near Elmdon Road, on Saturday evening.
“I’m actually from Jersey and I am over here on business, working at Birmingham Airport,” explained the 45-year-old.
“I had gone for a walk when, to my horror, I saw someone walking on the railway line.
“I managed to get over the fence and onto the track and escort the man to safety. I’m sure he would have eventually been hit by an oncoming train if he had stayed there any longer.”
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said their officers were called to the incident at around 8.10pm.
“West Midlands Police officers arrived at the scene first and detained a 69-year-old man, from Chelmsley Wood, who had been helped from the railway lines by a member of the public.
“He was not injured and voluntarily attended Solihull Hospital where he was given a check-up before being released.
“BTP officers will speak to the man in due course to establish why he had been on the railway and whether any offences have occurred.”
London Midland said that the incident caused delays for trains travelling from London to Birmingham.