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Man dies after being electrocuted near Preston Station

Posted on - 31st October, 2017 - 11:16pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Transport
Preston Railway Station is undergoing a major revamp Pic: Paul Melling
All services are halted at Preston Pic: Paul Melling

A man has died after being electrocuted at Preston Railway Station.

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British Transport Police confirmed a man, age unknown, has died after the incident near to Preston Station on Tuesday (31 October).

Update: Police face investigation over man’s death at Preston Station

Emergency services were called to the station shortly before 9.30pm.

A man had sustained serious injuries believed to be caused by electrocution.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

At this stage his death is being treated as unexplained.

British Transport Police are making enquiries into the circumstances leading to him receiving the injuries.

The incident has led to widespread disruption on the West Coast Main Line and local services to and from Preston.

Trains could not call at Preston with many passengers having to leave the train and use taxis or buses to complete their journey. Replacement buses were put on by train operators from Preston from around 10.45pm.

Disruption is expected into the early hours of Wednesday (1 November).

Read more: Preston Station’s revamp is now finished

Reports have been circulating of an ‘explosion’ heard at the station. This is understood to have been linked to the electrocution.

A spokesman for Preston Police said there had been no firearms incident at the station on Tuesday evening.

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