Man killed by freight train

Train commuters heading back to Suffolk faced delays this evening after a person was killed by a freight train. The victim, who is yet to be identified, was hit by a train at Witham Railway Station in Essex at 11.

Ken McErlain

SUFFOLK: Train commuters heading back to Suffolk faced delays this evening after a person was killed by a freight train.

The victim, who is yet to be identified, was hit by a train at Witham Railway Station in Essex at 11.45am.

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 affected and delays were up to an hour long.


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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.

“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 ongoing 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 to passengers.”

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