Rail conductor ‘knocked petrified dog under train’ during dispute over ticket

Police are investigating claims a ScotRail train conductor pulled a passenger's pet dog “onto the train tracks” during a heated exchange over a ticket.

Darren Carding was travelling home after visiting his girlfriend in Paisley with 18-month-old Labrador Ozzie on Friday (March 17) when he claims the terrifying chain of events unfolded.

The passenger claims he was leaving Camelon station when the conductor "pulled" the dog's lead, ending with the pet landing under the train.

Mr Carding claims he had to "drag her [the dog] up by her collar" in order to rescue her from the tracks.

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Speaking to Edinburgh Live, he said: ""I had purchased my ticket on my phone but it wasn’t a mobile ticket and needed to be collected from a station which I didn’t realise.

"I had the proof of purchase and was going to collect the ticket from Camelon when I arrived, but the conductor did not accept this. Then when I got my return train from Camelon it was the same conductor.

"As I was boarding the train he asked if I had a ticket and I said 'I do it’s in my wallet as I had picked it up from Camelon' as I had said previously to him."

Mr Carding added: "As I was boarding with my dog Ozzie, I felt a pull on the lead and noticed she wasn’t on the train. I turned and saw to my horror Ozzie was on the track under the train, he had pulled her lead which had pulled her under the train.

"I had to drag her up by her collar, luckily she seemed ok but she was very shaken and afraid.

"She was very clingy and whimpering after but she is enjoying lots of cuddles with my girlfriend's little girl and I'm going to keep an eye on her.

"It was really scary, I can’t get the image of seeing her on the track between the edge of the platform and the train out of my head."

Mr Carding claims the conductor apologised for what happened and said that he meant to grab the man not the dog – but the conductor then locked himself behind a closed door and called the police.

“When I got to Glasgow Queen Street, I was met at the platform by three police officers, as he had called the police from the train," he said.

"They questioned me and him, they came to the conclusion I was not in the wrong and asked if I wished to take it further.”

ScotRail has confirmed that the situation is being investigated by themselves and Police Scotland.

Police Scotland and the British Transport Police have been approached for comment.

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