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Clerkenwell man one of two ‘electrocuted’ on Hackney Wick railway line

'Both men were on top of a moving freight train wagon when they came into contact with overhead power lines'

22 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Hackney Wick railway line that the freight trains travel on

TWO men who were on top of a moving freight train have died after being electrocuted by overhead power lines, the police say.

A 27-year-old man from Clerkenwell and a 25-year-old man from Aberystwyth were each pronounced dead at the scene after coming into contact with the over-head powerlines between 1am and 2.30am on March 21.

Their families have been informed.

Detective Sergeant David Taylor said: “The initial evidence that we’ve been able to gather suggests that both men were on top of a moving freight train wagon when they came into contact with the overhead power lines.

“Our investigation will continue to examine how and why they came to be on top of this train although there is nothing to indicate that graffiti was involved.”

British Transport Police were called to the line between Hackney Wick and Stratford following reports of a casualty on the tracks at 1am on Thursday.

Officers attended the scene with firefighters and paramedics.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining “serious injuries consistent with electrocution.”

A second man was found dead at 2:30am on the line close to Stratford.

DS Taylor said: “Our thoughts are with both families as they come to terms with this devastating news, we will of course provide them with as much support as possible.

“This is a fast paced enquiry and officers have been working throughout the night to understand exactly what happened.

“I would continue to urge anyone with information to contact us as soon as they can – the best way is to call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, with reference 23 of 21 March.”

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