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21 MAR

Two bodies found on tracks after being electrocuted on London train line

by Metro

Two bodies have been found on the train tracks between Hackney Wick and Stratford in London.

Both people died from serious injuries consistent with electrocution in two seemingly separate incidents, British Transport Police said.

Officers were called to the London Overground line shortly after 1am following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

London Overground class 378 "Capitalstar" EMU 378229 arrives at Hackney Central, working a Stratford to Clapham Junction service.
Both bodies suffered serious injuries consistent with electrocution (Picture: Flickr/ Matt Buck)

Over an hour later at 2.31am, a second casualty was found on the same line, in close proximity to Stratford.

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Earlier this morning the line was closed between Stratford and Dalston Kingsland while police carried out the investigation, a spokesperson said.

Minor delays are also reported between Stratford and Richmond or Clapham Junction.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the deaths to come forward.

LONDON - FEBRUARY 24: Hackney Wick Station near the site of the London 2012 Olympics in the East London borough of Stratford on February 24, 2006 in London, England. Hosting the 2012 Olympic Games is expected to transform the area into a state of the art sporting hub, but hundreds of businesses will have to relocate as they are due to be bulldozed to make way for the Games. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
A police investigation is now underway (Picture: Getty Images)

Det Chf Insp of the BTS Tim Tubbs said: An investigation is now under way 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 inquiries.

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.

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