Man and woman killed on railway line

RAIL services into London faced “considerable disruption” this morning after a man and woman were hit and killed by a train at the height of the rush hour.

Roddy Ashworth

RAIL services into London faced “considerable disruption” this morning after a man and woman were hit and killed by a train at the height of the rush hour.

The collision, at Harlow Mill station in Essex, happened at around 8am as the train was approaching the platforms at approximately 80mph. It had not been scheduled to stop there.

British Transport Police said that the driver of the train sounded its horn after seeing the pair on the track but both were fatally wounded.

A spokeswoman added: “Just before 8am this morning a train driver reported striking at least one person at Harlow Mill station.

“The driver saw a man and a woman on the track, blew his horn and applied the emergency brakes but was unable to avoid striking them. Both people died at the scene.

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“A police investigation is under way.

“There was considerable disruption to services as a result of this incident. Passengers should refer to National Express for more details.”

A spokesman for National Express said a number of services had been cancelled and others were delayed by up to an hour in the aftermath of the collision.