Police identify man who died after being hit by a train at Portsmouth station

Emergency services at Cosham rail station after the fatality there
Emergency services at Cosham rail station after the fatality there
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Police have identified a man who died after being hit by a train at a Portsmouth rail station.

British Transport Police say the victim was 50 years old and lived in Kent.

Paramedics took the man to Queen Alexandra Hospital where he was pronounced dead after the incident at Cosham train station last night.

Few details were released about him but British Transport Police issued a statement and said the death is not being treated as suspicious.

The man had been rescued from underneath the 9pm train heading to London Victoria from Southampton.

A crowd of people gathered on the bridge overlooking the tracks as paramedics took him to hospital in an ambulance.

Network Rail workers and police officers worked to clear the scene, pouring sand on parts of the track.

Harrison Timberlake, 16, of Donaldson Road, Cosham, was with a group of friends in a nearby restaurant when he saw ambulances rushing down to the station.

He said: ‘We came down here and saw everyone stood there (at the platform) and the train stopped.

‘We saw someone take a bag away. Then the train pulled off.’

Sonny Byng, 16, of Fratton, added: ‘I was walking down the street with my friends and all of a sudden we saw loads of police cars and an ambulance.

‘We went up the bridge and saw a person put in an ambulance.’

Sonny added he spoke to a passenger on the train that had hit the man.

He added: ‘He said it was quite shocking when the train slammed its brakes on.’

Police taped off and closed the station’s two platforms for just over an hour after the incident.

National Rail said there was a delay of around an hour on routes between Portsmouth Harbour, Havant and Fareham following the man being hit.

Lucy Howard, 20, was shocked when she arrived at the station after finishing work and was trying to get back home to Eastleigh.

She said: ‘I wasn’t expecting it. I feel quite uneasy. You hear of it happening but not when you’re actually there.’

Sergeant Mark Stook of British Transport Police was at the station.

He said: ‘We had police and ambulance called to Cosham with a male under a train. ‘

A British Transport Police spokesman said: ‘BTP officers were called to the line close to Cosham after a report that a person had been struck by a train.’

A file will now be prepared for the coroner. Tribute messages were posted by a number of Twitter users last night.