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Southeastern trains: Person dies after being hit by train in South London

MyLondon 04/12/2022 Anna Highfield
Paramedics rushed to the incident at Mottingham Railway Station at 11.50am on Sunday (December 4) © Lubo Ivanko/Getty Paramedics rushed to the incident at Mottingham Railway Station at 11.50am on Sunday (December 4)

A person has died after being hit by a train in South London this afternoon (Sunday, December 4). The person was hit by a train between Lewisham and Sidcup stations in South London just before midday today. London Ambulance Service (LAS) confirmed they rushed to the incident at Mottingham Railway Station at 11.50am today.

Trains were paused for around two hours while LAS sent an ambulance crew, an incident response officer, medics and a hazardous area response team to the incident. Despite the best efforts of paramedics, the person died at the scene.

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In a statement, the ambulance service said: “We were called at 11:50am on 4 December to reports of an incident at Mottingham Railway Station. We sent an ambulance crew, an incident response officer, two medics in fast response cars and members of our hazardous area response team. Sadly, a person was pronounced dead at the scene."

Southeastern trains stopped running between Lewisham and Sidcup for several hours this afternoon while emergency services dealt with the incident. Southeastern Railways tweeted at 11.53am to alert passengers that someone had been hit by a train in the area, and to announce the electric current to trains had been switched off as a result.

In an emergency statement on its website, the train operator said: "A person has been hit by a train between Lewisham and Sidcup. As the emergency services attend to the incident, trains may be cancelled, delayed or revised." Southeastern Railways warned passengers to expect disruption until 3pm.

National Rail and Southeastern Railways are urging anyone affected by the incident today to contact Samaritans if they need to talk. National Rail tweeted: "If you’ve been affected by what happened on the network today, there is always someone to talk to. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 from any phone for a confidential chat."

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