A railway worker who was hit by a train has died.
The Network Rail worker, was struck by a South Western Railway train near Surbiton, Kingston, London, at around 11.30am today.
The 30-year-old employee, from Hampshire, was pronounced dead at the scene.
In reaction to the tragedy, union bosses said they have been warning Network Rail about the ‘alarming’ number of near-misses and fatalities over the past year.
However, they added that it would not be appropriate to speculate about what went wrong in the latest case and called for a ‘full and thorough’ investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley, from BTP, said: “This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the very sad death of a railway worker.
“Our deepest condolences are with the man’s family who are being supported by specially trained officers.”
South Western Railway (SWR) said it had switched off the power in the affected area to allow emergency services access and that it expected delays until 7pm today.
Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the worker who has died and their family members. Any loss of life on our railways is a tragedy.
“It would be wrong to speculate at this time about what has gone wrong, but a full and thorough investigation must take place, so lessons can be learned. Our union has been warning Network Rail about the alarming number of near misses and fatalities we have seen over the past year.
“Our Network Rail members do so much to keep our railways running smoothly day in day out and must be able to do this in a safe environment. Our union will never compromise on safety, and safety can never be taken for granted. It is simply not acceptable in this day and age that people go out to work and end up losing their lives.”
A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “Officers were called to the line close to Surbiton railway station at 11.39am this morning (February 9) following reports of a casualty on the tracks.
“Paramedics also attended, however sadly a person has been pronounced dead at the scene.
“Officers are currently working to identify the person and establish the full circumstances behind their death.”
Andrew Haines, Network Rail’s chief executive, said: “I am devastated to confirm that a colleague has lost his life following a tragic accident near Surbiton today. This is an incredibly sad time for the railway family.
“My thoughts, and those of everyone at Network Rail, are with the families and friends of the colleague involved. Our immediate priority now is to cooperate fully with the British Transport Police and Rail Accident Investigation Branch to fully understand what happened.”