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Two deaths on the tracks between Hackney Wick and Stratford - London

Shortly after 1.00am this morning (21 March) British Transport Police were called to the line between Hackney Wick and Stratford following reports of a casualty on the tracks. 

Officers attended the scene, alongside colleagues from the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service, however a person was sadly pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining serious injuries consistent with electrocution.

At 2.31am this morning (21 March) BTP officers were called to reports of a second casualty on the tracks on the line close to Stratford. Sadly, the person was also declared dead at the scene after sustaining serious injuries consistent with electrocution.

Officers remain at the scene where they are working to identify the deceased and inform their families.

A number of enquiries are also underway to establish the circumstances of how the people came to be on the tracks. 

DCI Tim Tubbs from British Transport Police, said: “An investigation is now underway to discover what happened and how these two people came to lose their lives on the railway.

“At this time we are treating their deaths as unexplained as we make a number of urgent enquiries. 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.”

Information can be passed to BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 23 of 21/03/19.
 
For any further media enquiries please contact BTP Media Relations Office by phone on 0300 123 9104.

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