Two people are found dead on railway tracks near London Stadium in Stratford after being electrocuted
- Police found one person dead on the tracks at 1am and another later at 2.31am
- British Transport Police said they had ‘injuries consistent with electrocution’
- Overground services are delayed although Greater Anglia is up and running
Two people have been found dead on railway tracks near London Stadium in Stratford after being electrocuted.
Police, paramedics and firefighters were called to the line just after 1am to find a person ‘with serious injuries consistent with electrocution’, who was declared dead. A second person was also pronounced dead at 2.31am after suffering similar injuries.
Overground services between Stratford and Clapham Junction are delayed, and there is no service between Stratford and Dalton Kingsland. Greater Anglia services were disrupted this morning but lines reopened at 8.40am.
Police were called to the line just after 1am to find a person dead on the tracks. A second person was also found dead at 2.31am. Pictured: The scene last night
It is not clear why the two victims were on the tracks and an investigation is now underway to determine this.
Last year, three graffiti artists were killed by a train when they walked down tracks near Loughborough Station in south London.
The families of Alberto Fresneda Carrasco, 19, and 23-year-olds Jack Gilbert and Harrison Scott-Hood gave a joint statement saying ‘a love of painting’ was the only thing they were guilty of.
Detective Chief Inspector Tim Tubbs, referring to today’s incident, said: ‘An investigation is now underway to discover what happened and how these two people came to lose their lives on the railway.
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‘At this time we are treating their deaths as unexplained as we make a number of urgent enquiries.
‘I would ask anyone who was near Stratford or Hackney Wick last night, and saw something which they think might be relevant to contact us as soon as possible.’
Information can be passed to BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 23 of 21/03/19.