Woman dies after being hit by train at Hilsea station

On the evening of October 23,1970 two tankers collided six miles south of the Isle of Wight. 13 crewmen died.

Flames from the oil tanker Pacific Glory could be seen from Portsdown Hill

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A WOMAN has died after being hit by a train near Hilsea.

British Transport Police (BTP) were called to Hilsea station at 11.50am this morning.

A spokesman said: ‘Our officers were called to Hilsea railway station today following reports of person struck by a train.

‘The call came into police shortly after 11.50am.

‘BTP officers attended alongside colleagues from Hampshire Police and paramedics from the ambulance service.

‘A woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

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

Police vehicles and ambulances are lined up along Airport Service Road outside the station as an investigation is carried out.

Police tape has been put across the entrance to the station and officers are only allowing emergency service workers onto the platform. Passengers arriving at the station are being turned away.

One woman who works nearby said it was not the first time she had heard of a fatality at the station.

She said: ‘I’ve only lived here a couple of years and this has got to be the fifth or sixth time this has happened.’

Train operators warned that services between Portsmouth Harbour and Fareham/Havant could be disrupted until 5pm with all lines between Portsmouth and Hilsea blocked.

Commuters can expect delays of up to an hour.

South West Trains tickets will be accepted on the Stagecoach 700 bus service.

Services from London Victoria and Brighton going to Portsmouth will not run beyond Chichester.