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Three men killed in train strike

Grim discovery: The bodies were reported early this morning PICTURE: SWNS

THREE people have died after being struck by a train at a south London station this morning.

British Transport Police were called to Loughborough Junction station, near Brixton, at 7.30am today after the bodies of three men, believed to have been in their 20s, were spotted by a train driver.

The deaths are being described as ‘unexplained’, but rail industry sources said spray cans were found nearby and the area is popular with graffiti artists.

Dangerous pursuit: Graffiti on the line near Loughborough Junction

Only one man has so far been indentified and officers remain at the scene, working to identify the other two who were killed and inform their families.

Supt Matthew Allingham told reporters that the men’s injuries were ‘consistent with being hit by a train’.

The first call to police was made by a train driver but officers are still trying to identify the train that hit the men.

There have been no reports of any passenger services being involved, which suggests they were struck by a freight train.

‘We know they were dead for a while before we turned up,’ Mr Allingham said.

‘It is a possibility that it was during the hours of darkness. That’s why it wasn’t reported earlier.’

No refuge: The men wouldn’t have been able to escape an oncoming train, according to Supt Allingham PICTURE: EPA

The bodies were found on an elevated section of track with an electric third rail between Brixton and Denmark Hill.

Mr Allingham added: ‘There isn’t a sort of safe refuge up there so if somebody was on those tracks there wouldn’t be anywhere for them to go to avoid the train.

‘As far as I understand it, if they’ve been caught in that section of track when a train came through then they really wouldn’t have had much option.’

Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road has opened a preliminary investigation.

Det Supt Gary Richardson said: ‘My team are now working hard to understand what happened and how these three people came to lose their life on the railway.

‘My thoughts are with the family and friends of these three people.

‘At this time, we are treating their deaths as unexplained as we make a number of immediate inquiries.

‘I would ask anyone who was near to Loughborough Junction this morning, and saw something which they think might be relevant, please contact us as soon as possible.’