Essex

Rail delays after man killed by train on Essex line

A man was killed when he was hit by a train close to a level crossing in Essex.

The victim was struck by the Greater Anglia train at Bures, near Sudbury, causing delays to passengers.

Paramedics attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

In the past fortnight, three other people have been fatally injured by trains in the eastern region.

'Vulnerable passengers'

On 5 September, a man was killed near a level crossing at Newton Flotman, near Norwich, when he was hit by a Greater Anglia train travelling from Norwich to Liverpool Street.

The following day police were called to the same spot after another man was hit by a Greater Anglia train.

On 7 September, police discovered a man's body after being called to the railway line between Manningtree and Ipswich.

A British Transport Police spokesman said none of the deaths were being treated as suspicious.

It said it was working with train companies, local authorities and the Samaritans to prevent future deaths.

"A number of measures have already been taken, including ongoing specialist training for rail staff and police officers by the Samaritans, which aims to teach them how to spot vulnerable passengers and potentially avert the risk of someone taking their own life on the railway," said a spokesman.

A Greater Anglia spokeswoman said: "We work closely with Network Rail, the British Transport Police and the Samaritans regarding such incidents and we provide comprehensive support for our staff involved, including professional counselling where required."

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