An elderly man dressed in his pyjamas sparked a train security alert after wandering from his care home - and onto the railway line.
Police were called to the scene at around 3.40am on Tuesday morning after the Aurora House resident was spotted on the tracks close to Bedford railway station.
At that point trains had been stopped, and rail workers had guided the disorientated OAP to safety. He was later returned to the Linden Road home.
One of the people who helped him from the line, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “He was dressed in his PJs and slippers and holding an incontinence pad - I really felt for him.
“When we got him off the line we called the police and the care home and they didn’t seem to know that he was missing.
“I really fear for other residents. The poor man could have been killed last night and they would have had no knowledge of it.”
Aurora House provides accommodation for seven adults with learning disabilities and dementia.
On the service provider Mentaur’s website it boasts that the facility is close to transport links including the railway station.
Although trains were stopped no delays were reported as a result of the incident, which was dealt with quickly by police and First Capital Connect staff.
Bedfordshire Police also attended the early morning incident and assisted with safely returning the man to the home.
The Times & Citizen contacted Aurora House on a number of occasions for a response to the incident, but representatives did not wish to comment.
The good Samaritan added: “I contacted your newspaper because I fear for the other residents.”