Update: Train death man identified

PUBLISHED: 19:52 25 July 2011 | UPDATED: 11:14 26 July 2011



THE body of a man found on railway tracks near Burnham has been identified as a 47-year-old from the town.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers and ambulance services were called to reports of a man having been ‘struck by a train’ at the foot crossing, near Queens Drive bridge, at 9.06am on Sunday.

Upon arrival at the scene officers found the body of a man and it is not thought that he fell from the bridge above.

A spokesman from BTP said: “Officers from BTP and Avon and Somerset police attended the railway line just north of Burnham railway station after a report that a man had been struck by a train.

“A crew from South West Ambulance Service also attended and the body of a man was located and pronounced dead at the scene.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the incident, including how he came to be on the railway line.

“A file will be prepared for the West Somerset Coroner.”

The train involved was the 8.44am Bristol Temple Meads to Plymouth service and police are currently trying to trace the man’s next of kin.

The matter is not being treated as suspicious and police are appealing for witnesses to call 0800 405040.

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