Man dies after being 'electrocuted' at Preston railway station

An investigation into the circumstances leading to a man's death at Preston railway station continues on Wednesday.

Tuesday, 31st October 2017, 11:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 9:15 am
Preston station

The station was evacuated on Tuesday evening with the man understood to have been electrocuted.

The incident is being treated as "unexplained" at this stage, British Transport Police said.

A spokesman for BTP said: "A man has sadly died following an incident near Preston station.

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"Officers from British Transport Police were called to the station shortly before 9.30pm.

"They attended alongside paramedics from North West Ambulance Service.

"Sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining serious injuries believed to be caused by electrocution.

"His death is being treated as unexplained whilst officers make enquiries into the circumstances leading to him receiving the injuries."

The station was evacuated and eyewitnesses reported an 'explosion'.

The incident led to widespread disruption on the rail network with no trains stopping at the station and passengers reporting lengthy delays.

Virgin Trains, which runs the West Coast mainline tweeted: "Due to the emergency services dealing with an incident at Preston all lines are closed."

The line was reopened shortly after midnight and Virgin said all lines were open on Wednesday morning.