Sunday 8 December 2019

Woman and child dead after falling in front of train in 'suspicious' circumstances

The exterior of Slough train station as a woman and a child have died after being struck by a train at the station
The exterior of Slough train station as a woman and a child have died after being struck by a train at the station

Tom Pugh

A woman and a child have died after being struck by a train at a busy station, police have confirmed.

British Transport Police said the deaths are being treated as suspicious and investigators are appealing for witnesses to the tragedy in Slough, Berkshire to come forward.

Sources said police were "keeping an open mind" and were not ruling out "foul play" as inquiries continued.

Rail services were cancelled and changed as Slough station was closed amid a heavy police presence. Some passengers described on Twitter how they were told their train was being treated as a "crime scene".

One said: "Our train is now a 'crime scene'...Never good to hear! Police, medical and FGW (First Great Western) staff finally arrived."

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: "Our officers were called to Slough railway station shortly before 9.45am on Tuesday, 23 September, following reports that two people had been struck by a train.

"Thames Valley Police and South Central Ambulance Service also attended the incident, and a woman and child were pronounced dead at the scene.

"The incident is currently being treated as suspicious and detectives have launched a full investigation. The station is currently closed while inquiries continue.

"Investigating officers are now appealing for anyone with information about the incident to come forward."

A South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "We were called at 9.42am to reports of two people struck by a train.

"We sent two ambulance officers and an ambulance crew and two people were confirmed deceased at the scene."

Forensic officers wearing protective suits combed the tracks for clues and took away evidence bags from the scene.

Meanwhile, train staff gathered outside the station, which was cordoned off by police tape.

A taxi driver, who did not want to be named, was queuing outside the station when the deaths happened.

He said: "I was just waiting for a job when I heard the sirens and saw about four or five police cars arrive but we didn't know it was this serious until the station was closed and everyone was forced to leave.

"It's terrible what has happened, we can't believe it. A mother and child.

"We've heard a lot of different things but we don't know what has really happened."

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