A man has died after being struck by a train at East Croydon station on Monday evening.
Emergency services, including the British Transport Police, the Metropolitan Police and London Ambulance Service, were called to the incident at 18:20 pm, where he was pronounced dead at the scene. The man has not yet been identified and the cause of the accident remains unknown.
The train involved was the 17:57 pm travelling from London Bridge to Brighton. The line was subsequently closed until 19:27 pm.
⚠️ #EastCroydon – We are receiving reports of emergency services being called to an incident at #EastCroydon station. Services through this station are likely to be severely disrupted for the rest of the evening peak. More info when we have it.
— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) December 4, 2017
This incident caused severe delays at the Croydon station, with Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services all heavily affected.
A BTP spokesman said: “Officers were called to the East Croydon rail station following reports of a person being struck by a train. Officers from the British Transport Police and the MET responded to the incident that was reported at 18.20pm.
“Officers attended alongside London Ambulance paramedics, although sadly the person was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are currently working to identify the person and inform his next of kin. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”
We were delayed for hours last night on our way home from London due to the sad death of a man at East Croydon – all I think of is his poor family 😔
— Lady Lisa Gealy (@Anaughtypuspuss) December 5, 2017
Rail safety statistics published for 2016-17 found that there were 15 passenger fatalities in 2016-17, which was the highest number since 2010-11.