Jul 20 2012 By Alan Hayes
death hayes harlington station
A MAN was killed after being hit by a train at Hayes and Harlington Station this morning (Friday), less than a month after a near-identical fatality there.
The incident happened just after 7am, and the line was closed, causing major delays to commuter traffic. The train involved was the 7.06am Paddington-Paignton service.
The victim is believed to be in his 30s, but no further details have been released.
It is the second tragic death at the station within a month. Twenty-year-old Antonio Martinez was killed in similar circumstances on June 26.
In a statement released at 9.40am, the British Transport Police said: "BTP officers were called to Hayes and Harlington rail station on Friday, July 20, following a report of a man being struck by a train.
"BTP and Metropolitan Police officers attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 7.20am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.
"Paramedics from London Ambulance Service also attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the man and inform his family.
"A file will be prepared for the coroner."
The line was handed back to Network Rail at 8.30am.
The London Ambulance Service sent three crews of paramedics, and a hazardous area response team (HART), who are specially trained to provide medical care to patients in dangerous environments.
Jack Griffith writes from the scene:
First Great Western staff in high visibility jackets could be seen shovelling sand on to the tracks of platform one, where the person was struck.
One commuter travelling to Paddington, who did not want to be named, said: "When I got here at around 8.30am the station was closed, and there was police everywhere. I saw the ambulance take the body away.
"This is the second time it has happened in a few weeks. I have lived in the area for about 20 years and I have never seen anything like it."
Councillor Janet Gardner (Lab, Botwell) called the Gazette and said she hoped to organise a meeting between the area's Safer Neighbourhood Team and Network Rail, which owns the station.
While she stressed she did not want to prejudge the reasons behind the man's death, she said: "The station is too accessible, people can just walk in."