Two police officers were injured earlier today after the driver of a stolen Range Rover resisted arrest and drove the car down railway tracks.
Stunned travellers on a commuter station platform looked on in astonishment today as a stolen 4x4 drove past them at high speed on the tracks.
The dark-coloured Range Rover was later abandoned on the railway line, causing extensive delays and disruption for commuters across the south of England.
The drama began this morning when two police officers tried to stop the Range Rover at Cheshunt train station and asked the driver to get out of the vehicle.
Witnesses watched in horror as two officers tried to drag the driver out of the car only for it to reverse back at speed knocking the male officer flying.
It then drove off at high speed before ending up on the railway line.
The dark-coloured vehicle was later abandoned on the rail line between Cheshunt and Waltham Cross stations, Herts, earlier today.
At least 10 police cars at the scene
Police and emergency services were seen swooping on the area earlier this morning.
At least 10 police cars, an ambulance and a fire crew are at the scene and police have erected a cordon blocking the public and motorists from driving past.
Trains have been disrupted across Hertfordshire, London, Essex and Cambridge.
What police said
A police spokesperson has confirmed that the officers involved only received minor injuries and did not require further treatment.
In a statement, Hertfordshire Police said: “At around 9.30am on Thursday 15 July, our control room was made aware that a stolen vehicle had travelled into Hertfordshire ground, from Essex.
“The vehicle was located in Cheshunt and officers from Essex Police attempted to speak to the driver.
“The vehicle then made off, injuring two officers and damaging several vehicles in the process.
“Officers from Hertfordshire also attended to assist with the search and the vehicle was found abandoned on nearby train tracks, in Windmill Lane.
“The vehicle has now been recovered and we are continuing to search for the driver.
“Anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw the vehicle driving in the area, is asked to contact police on 101.”
A spokesperson from the British Transport Police said: “Officers received a report of a car on the railway line in Cheshunt at 9.43am today.
“Officers attended the scene alongside colleagues from colleagues from Hertfordshire Police and Essex Police and assisted with a search to locate the driver.
“The vehicle has now been removed from the tracks.”
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