Man rescued from tracks at Fratton Station

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Rail passengers in the Portsmouth area faced long delays this morning after an injured man was rescued from the track at Fratton Station.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: ‘We were called to the line near Fratton rail station to reports of an injured man lying near the track.

‘BTP officers attended at 6.20am along with colleagues from Hampshire Constabulary and the South East Coast Ambulance Service and located a 21-year-old man with injuries to his head.

‘He has since been taken to a local hospital and his injuries are not currently believed to be life threatening.

‘Officers are now working to establish how the man came to be on the tracks.”

South West Trains said that the incident had halted trains between Portsmouth Harbour and Havant.

A spokesman said: ‘With the emergency services we are currently investigating an incident between Havant and Portsmouth.

‘Power to some of the lines is being turned off to allow emergency response staff to attend.’

At shortly after 8am, the company announced that lines in the Portsmouth area had reopened but delays of up to 40 minutes and alterations to services were expected.

Railway staff were helping to organise taxis for commuters to connect to Havant and Portchester stations.

One commuter, who did not wish to be named, said she arrived at the station at 7am and had been waiting for more than 90 minutes.

She said: ‘There were a lot of ambulances here and everything was closed. There were a lot of people waiting.’

All lines were running normally again by 8.50am.