Police in railway tragedy inquiry

A PERSON was killed yesterday after being struck by a train at Colchester railway station.

Emergency services were called to the station at 2pm yesterday afternoon, after receiving reports that a person had been hit by a freight train, which was travelling between Crewe and Felixstowe.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP officers attended Colchester rail station on Tuesday April 6, after a report that a person had been struck by a train.

“The incident was reported to police at 2pm and is being treated as non-suspicious. The incident was attended by BTP, Essex Police and the Essex Ambulance Service but the person was pronounced dead at the scene. A file will be prepared for the coroner.” Details of the person involved in the incident are currently unknown, but the BTP is attempting to identify the body.

Last night, a BTP spokesman said: “We are still working to identify the person who was struck by the train at Colchester. Inquiries are still ongoing.

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“Once the identity has been established next of-kin will be informed.”

All trains running in both directions were halted immediately for around half an hour after the incident, which involved the 8.19am service.

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Delays continued to affect the mainline services until around 4pm. Other services were also terminated.

A spokeswoman for National Express East Anglia said that a bus replacement service was put in place between Marks Tey, Colchester, Manningtree and Ipswich.

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