Train kills man after police chase in Enfield

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The man climbed over the barriers into the path of a north-bound train

A man was killed by a train in north London moments after running from a car that was being chased by police.

The victim, thought to be 20, was hit on the tracks near Enfield Lock level crossing, Enfield, just after 1730 BST.

A short time earlier officers had been following a car which stopped at the crossing where the barriers were down, and three men got out, police said.

One climbed over the barriers and was hit by a north-bound train. Two men, aged 21 and 22, were arrested.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers had been pursuing a Mercedes CLK in Ordnance Road for a "few hundred yards".

He said: "The vehicle failed to stop and made off. A short distance later the vehicle stopped at Enfield Lock level crossing where the barriers were down."

He said two men were arrested after leaving the vehicle at the crossing.

A third person in the vehicle was killed after walking on to the railway tracks as he fled.

The spokesman said: "He did climb the barriers and went on to the train track.

"A short time later, he was hit by a north-bound train. We do not know the identity of the deceased at this stage."

Reg Walker, a member of the public, arrived at the scene five minutes after the incident.

He said: "There was a silver Mercedes stopped in the middle of the road with the bonnet virtually touching the crossing gates.

"There was a police van on one side and they were putting a man into the van.

"The gates were down at the time."

Mr Walker said the victim died at a spot out of sight of the crossing.

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