Death at station after man is hit by rush-hour train

CALLOUT Emergency services at Hilsea station, where a man fell in front of a train. Pictures: 
Sarah Standing (1329-472)

CALLOUT Emergency services at Hilsea station, where a man fell in front of a train. Pictures: Sarah Standing (1329-472)


A MAN died after being struck by a train.

The man was struck at Hilsea station in Portsmouth by a Waterloo to Portsmouth and Southsea service.

The emergency services were called shortly before 5pm yesterday, but he was declared dead at the scene.

Police have confirmed they are not treating his death as suspicious.

As a result of the incident, trains in and out of the city were brought to a standstill during rush hour, causing disruption for thousands of commuters.

Trains were being stopped at Fareham and Havant, with passengers being diverted onto buses.

People were told they could use Stagecoach services numbers 20, 21, 23 & 700 and First services 3/3a with their train tickets.

The station and the lines were reopened again at 6.17pm, but delays remained until about 9pm.

Jeremy Dunning, 40, from Fratton, was on the 4.55pm Southern train from Chichester, coming home from work. He said: ‘The train came to a stop at Warblington and we were told there had been a fatality at Hilsea.

‘The driver very quickly opened the doors and gave us our options.

‘I was pleasantly surprised by their response – I’ve been on far worse where there’s been no information about a delay for no apparent reason.

‘I got the 700 bus and got home about an hour later than usual, but considering what happened, it’s not so much of an inconvenience. Obviously my sympathies go to the man’s friends and family.’

The investigation into the death is being led by British Transport Police (BTP).

Hampshire Constabulary also attended.

A BTP spokeswoman said: ‘BTP officers attended the railway line at Hilsea Railway Station after a male was struck by a train.

‘Ambulance service paramedics attended but the male was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘Officers are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, which is currently being treated as non-suspicious.’

Details about the man’s identity have not yet been revealed.

Anyone with information should contact the BTP on 0800 405040.




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