Train conductor bitten by dog is signed off for two weeks

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A CONDUCTOR on a Portsmouth-bound train who was bitten by a dog has been signed off work for two weeks.

As reported, passengers on Sunday’s Southern Rail 2.17pm London Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour service, were forced off.

It came after the conductor of the train said he was bitten by a 12-inch Daxiedoodle puppy – a cross between a dachshund and a poodle.

The train was stopped and a paramedic was called.

Southern Rail spokesman Chris Hudson said: ‘The conductor was taken to hospital.

‘Because the presence of a conductor on that service is required, the train had to be cancelled from that point.

‘In terms of how the conductor is doing, he was treated in hospital and is on the mend.

‘The bite was serious enough that he was signed off work for two weeks.’

The rail worker had been walking through the train when he reached out to stroke the dog, which was sitting on its owner’s lap, before it bit his hand.

The service made an unscheduled stop at Fishbourne, West Sussex, where everyone was ushered off, so the conductor could have medical treatment.

It is reported a paramedic arrived, and took the conductor to hospital.

Another driver moved the train along the track, and passengers joined a delayed Southern Rail service to Portsmouth Harbour at 4.40pm.