Train death man was pensioner

SCENE Rowlands Castle railway station
SCENE Rowlands Castle railway station
A police car parked outside Catherine House in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, earlier tonight. Picture: Byron Melton

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BRITISH Transport Police have revealed a man who died after being hit by a train at a rural station was a pensioner.

The emergency services were called to Rowlands Castle train station, at 7.50pm on Friday , after a train driver reported a man had fallen on to the line and had been hit.

A police spokeswoman said the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

She said: ‘BTP officers were called to the line, near to Rowlands Castle railway station, Hampshire on Friday, April 1 after a report that a man had been struck by a train.

‘Paramedics from the South Central Ambulance Service also attended but the man, who is believed to be 76-years-old and from Hampshire, was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘A file will be prepared for the coroner.’

The train involved was the 18.30pm London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour service. The line was closed in both directions while police carried out an investigation. The line was handed back to Network Rail at 9pm.