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Commuters see man plunge to his death in front of their train
Southampton commuters watched in horror as a man plunged in front of a train during rush hour.
Paramedics from South Central Ambulance Service were quickly on the scene but nothing could be done for the man and he was pronounced dead a short time later.
He has not been identified but is reported to be a 28-year-old from the Fareham area.
His death, which involved the 7.34am train from Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly, is not being treated as suspicious.
Officers immediately closed the station, taping off both entrances for more than an hour as they began their investigations into the death.
Commuters who had been on the platform when the man was struck were held back by police for questioning as they tried to piece together the moments before the man’s death. The station closure caused severe delays for those travelling between Southampton Central, Eastleigh and Fareham, with services put back for more than an hour for most of the morning.
Emergency bus services were quickly arranged for those passengers stranded at St, Denys but the station was reopened just before 10am.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said: “BTP officers attended St Denys rail station following a report that a man had been hit by a train.
“The incident was reported to BTP at 8.24am and was also attended by officers from Hampshire Constabulary.
“Paramedics from the South Central Ambulance Service attended, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The incident is being treated as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”
The man’s next of kin have been informed.
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