Rail death causes delays
SUFFOLK: Rail passengers faced substantial delays last night after a person was killed by a freight train in Essex.
The victim, who is yet to be identified, was hit by a train at Witham Railway Station at 11.46am yesterday <Feb16>.
The incident initially forced the closure of the Ipswich to London line for over an hour.
However, a later problem at a level crossing at Ingatestone meant evening commuters were effected and faced delays of up to an hour.
A spokesperson for British Transport Police said: “We can confirm that a person has died after being struck by a freight train at Witham Railway Station in Essex.
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“The incident was reported to us at 11.46am on Tuesday.
“Officers from British Transport Police and Essex Police attended alongside paramedics from the Essex Ambulance Service.
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“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
“The victim’s family have been informed.”
A spokesperson for National Express East Anglia added: “The effect of the incident was exacerbated by a later problem at Ingatestone.
“This had an on-going effect into the evening with delays on services via Chelmsford of up to one hour.
“We also had to cancel a number of train services as the evening progressed.
“National Express would like to apologise for any inconvenience this caused passengers.”