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Author Topic: Person dies on railway track at Highbridge and Burnham - 2 April 2017  (Read 1599 times)
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« on: April 02, 2017, 07:34:09 pm »

The Bristol Post reports that a person has died on the railway track close to Highridge and Burnham station.

Trains delayed at Bristol Temple Meads after man dies on track
British Transport Police are working to establish the man’s identity and inform his family

15:53, 2 APR 2017 UPDATED16:59, 2 APR 2017

Passengers are facing disruption at Bristol Temple Meads station after a man died on the train track.

One service to London Paddington has been cancelled and train company Great Western Rail (GWR) is warning ticket holders to expect delays of up to an hour.

British Transport Police (BTP) were called to reports of an injured man on the line in Somerset shortly before 12pm.

Ambulance crews were unable to treat the man and he died on the tracks.

A BTP spokesperson said: “We were called to the railway line near Highbridge and Burnham station at 11.47am following reports of an injured man on the tracks.

“Officers are in attendance, alongside the local ambulance service but sadly the man has died at the scene.

“We are working to establish the man’s identity and inform his family. At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained.”

The GWR website states that rival service operator, Cross Country, will be accepting tickets from passengers travelling between Exeter St Davids and Temple Meads.

The disruption is expected to clear by 5.30pm.

A GWR spokesperson said: “We can confirm that there was an incident in the Highbridge area which is preventing services operating between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads.”

My first thoughts are with the person concerned and family, and with those who have to respond to such incidents.

Any delays have now passed, and services are running to normal.
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2017, 07:43:04 pm »

No train involved. Deceased fell from the station footbridge. Avon and Somerset police declared the death suspicious, hence the prolonged closure compared to a person hit by train, whilst they carried out scene of crime stuff.
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2017, 07:45:44 pm »

I have re-read the newspaper article, and realise my mistake. Thanks for clarifying the issue, RW. I have amended the heading and text of my original post.

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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2017, 04:28:56 pm »

An update, from the BBC:

Man's 'fall' from Highbridge and Burnham station bridge probed

Emergency crews were called to the station on Sunday 2 April

A man has died after apparently falling from a railway bridge in Somerset.

Emergency crews were called on Sunday at about 11.45 BST to Highbridge and Burnham station and officers determined the death as unexplained.

Formal identification is yet to be made but the victim's family has been informed. A post-mortem examination is due to take place later.

The death is being investigated by British Transport Police (BTP) who have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

Det Insp Jacqueline Thomas said: "We are continuing to keep an open mind regarding the circumstances which led to this man falling from this bridge. We believe a number of people may have been at the station, or in the area, prior to this incident and I would urge them to get in touch."

She added the man's family were being supported by specialist BTP officers.


William Huskisson MP was the first person to be killed by a train while crossing the tracks, in 1830.  Many more have died in the same way since then.  Don't take a chance: stop, look, listen.

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