Passengers’ shock as woman dies in train tragedy near village

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A WOMAN died after she was hit by a Portsmouth-bound train.

The tragedy happened just after 8.30am yesterday near Liss.

The woman was struck by the 7.30am South West Trains service from London Waterloo to Portsmouth.

The line was closed for around two hours while the British Transport Police (BTP) investigated the scene.

A BTP spokesman said: ‘BTP and Hampshire Constabulary officers were called to the rail line near Liss Common level crossing after a woman was struck by a train.

‘Medics from the South Central Ambulance Service also attended, but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘The incident was reported to BTP at 8.38am and is not being treated as suspicious.

‘A file will be prepared for the coroner.’

Scores of passengers faced delays of up to 50 minutes.

Stagecoach provided a replacement bus service for people with South West Trains tickets between Havant and Haslemere.

A South West Trains spokesman said: ‘A person was hit by a train at a foot-crossing near Liss.

‘Our first thoughts are for the person involved.

‘Emergency services were on site dealing with the incident.

‘There were delays of up to 50 minutes between Havant and Guildford and some trains were diverted via Eastleigh.

‘We worked with the emergency services to resume normal train services as soon as possible.’

Passenger Christopher Brown, 50, of Festing Grove, Southsea, became caught up in the delays.

The programme manager said: ‘I got on the 8.24am train to Waterloo from Fratton, so my train wasn’t the one that hit the woman.

‘But we first realised there was a delay when we got to Petersfield.

‘A guard kept us up-to-date and said someone had been hit on the line ahead and it would take two hours to clear.’

Mr Brown had been on his way to London for a morning meeting.

‘The train I was on went back to Havant as we weren’t going to go any further,’ added Mr Brown.

‘I got off there because I was already too late for my meeting and decided to make my way home.

‘I feel sorry for the person involved and their family.

‘Whatever my delay was is nothing compared to what they are going through.

‘It certainly puts a perspective on things.

‘It was frustrating, but it was only a delay.’

The BTP had not released the identity of the woman last night.