South West Trains boss apologises for delays after man killed at Wimbledon station
South West Trains has apologised after a man was killed by a train at Wimbledon, causing the network to grind to a halt.
The 45-year-old man, who has not yet been named, was killed at about 5.20pm yesterday after being struck by a train travelling to Waterloo from Poole via Wimbledon.
Jake Kelly, SWT's Customer Service Director, said: "We worked to resolve the problem as quickly as possible but it inevitably caused us delays, diversions and cancellations throughout the evening.
"I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said the man was pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics rushed to the platform.
This morning she said: "The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”
The line was handed back to Network Rail at 6.35pm, at which time several passengers reported distress after seeing the remains of the body on the train line.
It is the third death on the line at Wimbledon in the last four months, following the suicide of Major John Moir from Morden on March 31 and the unexplained death (pending an inquest) of Wimbledon businesswoman Jean Gaunt on July 6.
Commenting on our website, Luisa from Mitcham said: "I think something needs to be done to prevent this happening.
"Some trains speed through the stations if they don't need to stop there... maybe they need to get speed restriction limits when a non-stopping train is passing through stations."
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