Shocking injuries of driver whose train was hit by a brick at 70mph in Salford

"I want the people who did this to see the impact of their actions."

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 5th April 2022

Warning: Potentially distressing images below.

Northern has released images of the shocking injuries sustained by a driver whose train window was shattered by a brick thrown by vandals in Salford.

The images have been released after experienced train driver Ian Birch – who works for the rail provider at the company’s base in Blackburn – was left bloodied with cuts to his face after the shocking incident, which happened as the train travelled at 70mph towards Clifton in Swinton on Friday 4 February at around 10pm.

The brick thrown by vandals smashed the windscreen of the train in the process, which caused shards of glass to hit Mr Birch in the face.

Miraculously, Mr Birch was able to bring the train to a halt safely.


He was taken to hospital for treatment after the incident, but has since praised the response of a doctor travelling on-board who was able to administer immediate first aid to him.

Speaking on the aftermath of the incident, Chris Jackson – Regional Director at Northern – said: “It’s hard to believe that anyone would put the safety of others at risk by such reckless behaviour [and] the consequences of a brick hitting a fast-moving train are potentially devastating.


“This was a shocking incident that could have had fatal consequences.”

While Mr Birch has now returned to work, despite multiple appeals for information from Northern and British Transport Police, no arrests have yet been made.

“I want the people who did this to see the impact of their actions,” Mr Birch explained.


“Someone knows who threw that brick and I urge them to come forward to help ensure the person responsible doesn’t have the chance to endanger more lives with their reckless behaviour.”

Read more: Driver injured by brick thrown at window of moving Northern train

Anyone with information can contact the British Transport Police by texting 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

Featured Image – Northern