A GROTESQUE incident saw a man killed after leaning out of a large window on the Gatwick Express and being struck by an oncoming train on Sunday afternoon.
The accident took place at Wandsworth Common station in south London and saw an air ambulance dispatched to the scene, where the passenger was pronounced dead.
A spokesman for Gatwick Express said: “We have received reports of an incident on board a Gatwick Express train which was en route to Victoria from Gatwick this afternoon. The emergency services are in attendance at Wandsworth Common station. We have no further information at this stage.”
Witnesses reported seeing police officers carry the man’s body into the back of an ambulance, while a police spokesman said there were no suspicious circumstances involving his death.
A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 5.34pm to reports of an incident at Wandsworth Common railway station. We sent an ambulance crew, a single responder and a car and an incident response officer to the scene alongside an air ambulance. We treated a person at the scene for a head injury, but sadly they were pronounced dead by the doctor from the air ambulance.”
The victim was in his 20’s and had apparently opened the old-style windows on Class 42 high speed train from Victoria to Gatwick Airport, with one witness telling media his head had just “flown off”. Police, however, have dismissed social media speculation that the man was decapitated as inaccurate.