Shock after train death at rural railway station

Nutbourne station. Picture: Eddie Mitchell
Nutbourne station. Picture: Eddie Mitchell
Picture: Steve Reid

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BRITISH Transport Police are trying to trace the family of a person killed when they were hit by a train.

The death occurred at 7.30pm on Saturday night as the 6.03pm train from Brighton to Portsmouth Harbour was passing through Nutbourne railway station, in West Sussex.

There were major delays and cancellations across the rail network for the rest of the evening.

All Southern services between Barnham and Havant were cancelled.

Trains were laid on to pick passengers up from Southbourne, where the train involved eventually stopped.

Elizabeth Halford, 30, was on the train.

She said: ‘The train stopped and people were stranded for a couple of hours.

‘My iPad ran out of power and my phone was down.

‘People were sort of milling around at the station because it was so hot on the train.

‘The train driver was obviously very shaken up. I felt sorry for him. He said he didn’t see anything.

‘I eventually got a ride from Southbourne while the others waited for buses.

‘It was a bit traumatic and I’m desperately looking for answers as to who this person was.

‘I’m mostly worried it could have been a kid as we were surrounded by nothing but farmland and it was a Saturday.

‘I really feel for the person’s family.

‘I found it very difficult to sleep afterwards.’

Ms Halford eventually managed to get a signal and put a request out on her Facebook page for a lift.

People tweeted condolences about the incident.

John Beauchamp said: ‘My thoughts are most certainly with the driver involved in last night’s incident at Nutbourne.’

And Jane Leppard said: ‘Feel so sorry for whoever it was.’

British Transport Police are investigating what happened but are not treating the incident as suspicious.

In a statement they said: ‘Officers attended the incident, which was reported to police at 7.32pm.

‘It is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

‘British Transport Police are currently seeking to identify the next of kin.

‘A file is currently being prepared for the coroner’s office.

‘This was the 6.03pm Brighton to Portsmouth.

‘Any witnesses, should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting NSPIS 546, of the 8/6/2013.’