A woman who fell onto a live train track just moments before a train hurtled into the station has thanked the soldier who saved her life.

Barbara Smith, 63, feared the worst when she tripped on the platform and fell onto the tracks at Strood Railway Station in Kent. Terrifying CCTV showed her lying helplessly on the line after suffering broken ankle in the fall. But soldier Billy McPhail, 26, sprang into action and helped pull the commuter to safety.