A man who died after being struck by a train when he put his head out of a carriage window has been identified as a 24-year-old from Sussex. The Gatwick Express passenger from East Grinstead was pronounced dead at the scene at Wandsworth Common station, south London, on Sunday. Investigators believe the man, who has not been named, may have been leaning out of a train door window when he suffered a blow to the head at about 5.30pm on Sunday.
Dismissing reports he may have been decapitated, the British transport police said they have reported the incident to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. “The death is being treated as non-suspicious and the circumstances, including what caused the head injuries, are still being investigated,” a BTP spokesman said. The man’s family have been informed of his death and a file is being prepared for the coroner.
A Gatwick Express spokesman said the train had been travelling to Victoria station from Gatwick airport. He said: “The emergency services attended the scene at Wandsworth Common station and despite their best efforts, they were unable to save him. We send our condolences to his family. We are cooperating fully with British transport police and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, who are investigating this incident.”
A spokeswoman for London ambulance service said it was called at 5.34pm and sent an ambulance crew, a single responder, a car and an incident response officer to the scene alongside an air ambulance. She said it treated a person at the scene for a head injury, but the person was pronounced dead by the doctor from the air ambulance.
Residents said they were shocked to see the air ambulance land on the common earlier in the afternoon. One said: “I heard a man was hit by a train and heard the air ambulance land on the common. It’s such a horrible thing to have happened.”