Man electrocutes ‘himself trying to get off Wimbledon train track where he had been lying asleep’


    A “DRUNK” man electrocuted himself after trying to get off train tracks he was reportedly sleeping on.

    The smartly-dressed man, believed to be in his 20s, appeared to be dozing on the tracks which separate Wimbledon rail platforms 8 and 9 yesterday afternoon.

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    The man appeared to be lying with his feet on the track with his hands resting on his tummy[/caption]

    Photos from the platform showed him resting his hands on his tummy, with his feet up on the track and fabric covering his face.

    One commuter recalls him getting up after station staff shouted at him for 90 seconds trying to wake him up.

    But he fell back down between the tracks, was electrocuted and, according to witnesses, “began to smoke”.

    The onlooker said: “I was waiting for a train due to arrive at Platform 9 at about 3.55pm, when I saw a bunch of people all looking one way down the station.

    I haven’t been able to shake the picture of him dying there from my mind

    Wimbledon station commuter

    “So I turned my head to look, and saw this young man asleep on the tracks.

    “Platform guards were shouting down at him, trying to wake him up.

    “After about 90 seconds of being there, I saw him stir, look around, and get up.

    “He was clearly extremely drunk – you could tell he didn’t know where he was.

    “He took two steps to the left, one to the right, as he tried to move.

    “We were evacuated straight away. But I haven’t been able to shake the picture of him dying there from my mind.

    “He was of average height, and probably in his 20s. He was well-dressed, he didn’t look homeless to me, or anything like that.”

    The British Transport Police said “officers attended alongside paramedics, however a person was sadly pronounced dead at the scene”.

    A spokesperson added: “The death is not being treated as suspicious.

    “Officers are now working to identify the person and inform their next of kin. A report will also be prepared for the coroner.”

    The man died after he tried to get off the tracks but fell
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