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Maidstone man killed by Southeastern train at West Malling identified

By KentOnline reporter

A man killed by a train at West Malling has today been identified as a 61-year-old from Maidstone.

Emergency services were called at 9.10am yesterday, with the man pronounced dead at the scene near the station.

Police today revealed the man has been identified and his family told of his death.

The incident happened at West Malling station. Picture: Martin Apps

Southeastern said the tragedy led to delays via Maidstone East, with all lines blocked and replacement buses between Ashford International and Otford.

Rail lines reopened at about 11.30am yesterday, but the rail company said delays were expected until about 1pm.

It involved the 8.07am service from London Victoria to Ashford International, with the train stopped and passengers unable to leave while emergency services were at the scene.

Police are not treating the man's death as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

Emergency services were called to West Malling station

Yesterday, a British Transport Police spokesman said: "Our officers were called to the line close to West Malling station at 9.10am after a report that a man had been struck by a train.

"Colleagues from Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended the incident.

"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."

Scene of the rail death at West Malling. Video: Martin Apps

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