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Train death man identified

PUBLISHED: 18:17 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:45 16 August 2010

A 40-YEAR-OLD man who died after walking in front of a train has been identified. Brett Friend, from Orpington, had been to Chatham for the day with friends before he fell in front of a train at Longfield Station on Saturday July 19. Officers from Briti

A 40-YEAR-OLD man who died after walking in front of a train has been identified.

Brett Friend, from Orpington, had been to Chatham for the day with friends before he fell in front of a train at Longfield Station on Saturday July 19.

Officers from British Transport Police and Kent Police attended the scene at about 6pm after the driver of the 4.22pm Ramsgate to Victoria train reported striking a man.

The driver saw the man who had walked down the platform ramp onto the line but was unable to stop in time.

Ambulance crews took the body to Darent Valley Hospital and fire crews helped passengers off the train and onto replacement bus services.

Train services were disrupted across north Kent and debris fell onto the road below causing it to be shut for a short period.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and next of kin have been informed.


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