UPDATE: Hitchin man killed by train named

A 42-YEAR-OLD man who was killed by a train at Hitchin railway station last week has been named.

The man was named yesterday (Tuesday) as Christopher Vivian, of Campbell Close, Hitchin. He was found dead near the tracks at around 5.30am on Thursday after he was struck by a train travelling between Letchworth and Moorgate.

An inquest has been adjourned awaiting toxicology reports, but the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “A man was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Our thoughts are with this family at this tragic time.”

A British Transport Police spokesman had originally said that there had been reports of someone on the railway lines at around 4.45am in the morning at the Hitchin train depot, but that no-one was injured.

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They could not confirm whether the two incidents were connected, but added: “BTP were called to the lines at Hitchin rail station on Thursday, October 20, following a report of a man being struck by a train.

“Officers attended the incident, which was reported at 5.24am, alongside officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary. Paramedics also attended, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

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“As part of the investigation, officers will now be working to build a full picture of the circumstances leading up to the incident including how the man came to be at the rail station.”

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