Residents saddened by Portchester rail death

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Shocked residents have told of their sadness after a woman was killed by a train in Portchester.

It happened yesterday afternoon and caused major disruption for rail passengers during rush hour.

Police and paramedics at Portchester train station after a woman was hit by a train

Police and paramedics at Portchester train station after a woman was hit by a train

Portchester railway station was guarded by police support officers as the emergency services dealt with the incident.

British Transport Police said they were called at 2.45pm to reports of a person being hit by a train.

A spokesman said: ‘Our officers were called to Portchester station after a report that a person had been struck by a train.

‘Colleagues from Hampshire Constabulary and South Central Ambulance Service attended and a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘Officers are working to identify the woman and inform her family.

‘The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.’

A resident who lives next to the station in Newtown, who asked not to be named, said he heard a train’s horn sound for a long time.

‘I was in my flat when I heard the train’s horn for a long period.

‘It was about 10 minutes before I heard the sound of loads of responding vehicles.

‘I didn’t think much of it until I looked on The News website and realised what had happened.

‘My thoughts are with family and friends of the female that sadly lost her life.’

The station remained closed until 7pm with replacement buses and coaches serving the cancelled routes.

Once the station had reopened, passengers still faced long delays.

This included services to Fareham, Havant and Portsmouth.

People took to social media to praise South West Trains on how they dealt with the situation and getting replacement services arranged quickly.

Police cars, a private ambulance and an ambulance from South Central Ambulance Service were at the scene.

A spokesman for Scas said: ‘We sent one ambulance and a rapid response vehicle, and one female was confirmed deceased at the scene.’

National Rail added: ‘A person was hit by a train near Portchester which caused delays of up to 60 minutes between Portsmouth Harbour and Havant and Fareham.’

Replacement buses were put on to run between Fareham and Havant and Fareham and Portsmouth Harbour.