Rail delays after man is hit and killed by train

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RAIL services between Portsmouth and London were severely disrupted yesterday when a man was hit and killed by a train.

British Transport Police said the man – believed to be 56 years old – died in the incident which happened at 5.50am.

The 5.15am South West Trains service from Guildford to Portsmouth Harbour hit the man at Liss railway station.

It caused two hours of delays for thousands of commuters travelling between Portsmouth and London during the morning rush hour.

South Central Ambulance Service sent two emergency crews to the scene but the man was dead.

Jon Lenton, 24, of Southsea, was caught up in the delays, as he tried to get to London to attend a business meeting.

He said: ‘I feel bad for the person who died – it’s tragic.

‘I knew there were delays, but I did not know why until later.

‘Then I found out someone had been hit by a train. It’s awful.’

An ambulance spokeswoman said: ‘We were called at 5.52am to Mint Road, in Liss.

‘It was to reports of someone who had been hit by a train.’ A British Transport Police spokesman said: ‘This death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

‘The man will be formally identified by his fingerprints.

‘We are not looking into the incident any further.’

The line was fully reopened at 7.10am.