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.”

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