Commuter chaos as man killed by train at South Croydon

Person hit by train at South Croydon

Person hit by train at South Croydon

First published in Local news

Commuters face a nightmare journey home after a man was killed after being hit by a train at South Croydon station.

All trains through East Croydon are currently suspended, with a fire at Brighton station causing further problems.

South Croydon was trending on Twitter as people tried to find alternative routes home.

A British Transport Police spokesman said the incident happened at 3.47pm and was not being treated as suspicious.

The man was hit by the 3.24 from Caterham to London Victoria.

A spokesman from National Rail said there was currently no estimate for a normal train service to resume.


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7:45pm Tue 13 Dec 11

Nicastro says...

FOR THE THIRD TIME! Lovely.
FOR THE THIRD TIME! Lovely. Nicastro
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10:31pm Tue 13 Dec 11

elpachio says...

SELFISH B***ARD!!!!!!
SELFISH B***ARD!!!!!! elpachio
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1:41am Wed 14 Dec 11

JS1979 says...

Oh, you poor things - what a hardship having your whole evening ruined by a train delay. Can you selfish people even try to imagine what this poor guy's family must be going through now? Their lives are ruined. Yeah, some people throw themselves in front of trains instead of doing it quietly and conveniently in the middle of nowhere. By tomorrow, you'll all have got over it - how do you think his family will feel knowing that their loved one was in so much pain he decided to do this and then having to read the insensistive, selfish comments of people whose main concern is getting home a bit late?
Oh, you poor things - what a hardship having your whole evening ruined by a train delay. Can you selfish people even try to imagine what this poor guy's family must be going through now? Their lives are ruined. Yeah, some people throw themselves in front of trains instead of doing it quietly and conveniently in the middle of nowhere. By tomorrow, you'll all have got over it - how do you think his family will feel knowing that their loved one was in so much pain he decided to do this and then having to read the insensistive, selfish comments of people whose main concern is getting home a bit late? JS1979
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11:36am Wed 14 Dec 11

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Let's be honest, taking one's own life is primarily a selfish act - one doesn't do it to someone else. The family of the deceased are going to be traumatised, whichever way their loved one chose and whenever they find out. Can you immagine finding your loved one at home after the deed?

One could argue that if they had a family that cared, they may not have chosen the hard way out (it can't be easy, can it), but desparate people do desparate things, even with the love and support of a close family.

Yes, it caused a bit of a delay, but I'll wager it gave a lot of people an opportunity to spend some time to think, rather than just rush, rush, rush. As the Cadbury's bunny used to say: "Relax, take it easy".

Look beyond the act itself - we can't ask the person why they did it in the way they did - and consider how desperate and hopeless they must have felt. Do you feel desperate and hopeless just being a bit late?
Let's be honest, taking one's own life is primarily a selfish act - one doesn't do it to someone else. The family of the deceased are going to be traumatised, whichever way their loved one chose and whenever they find out. Can you immagine finding your loved one at home after the deed? One could argue that if they had a family that cared, they may not have chosen the hard way out (it can't be easy, can it), but desparate people do desparate things, even with the love and support of a close family. Yes, it caused a bit of a delay, but I'll wager it gave a lot of people an opportunity to spend some time to think, rather than just rush, rush, rush. As the Cadbury's bunny used to say: "Relax, take it easy". Look beyond the act itself - we can't ask the person why they did it in the way they did - and consider how desperate and hopeless they must have felt. Do you feel desperate and hopeless just being a bit late? Mr Flange of Wallington
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12:33pm Wed 14 Dec 11

Mike1983 says...

Granted his family and friends were distraught, but their feelings would still been the same had he used an alternative method apposed to using the method he did.
This act caused a delay to thousands of people, who I presume are over the moon that they have their friends and family around them. When finally returning home safely behind schedule, which would have worried those loved ones as well.

My thoughts are with the family, but causing mass disruption to the south of the country, in my opinion is the final act of attention seeking.
Granted his family and friends were distraught, but their feelings would still been the same had he used an alternative method apposed to using the method he did. This act caused a delay to thousands of people, who I presume are over the moon that they have their friends and family around them. When finally returning home safely behind schedule, which would have worried those loved ones as well. My thoughts are with the family, but causing mass disruption to the south of the country, in my opinion is the final act of attention seeking. Mike1983
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10:47pm Wed 14 Dec 11

cleocat says...

ok, i feel sad for this persons situation & why they felt they had to do this. There must be compensation for travellers, I pay over £2000 for an annual travel card & had to endure waiting at Balham for 40 mins only to be told ther were no trains & to get the bus. So I went to the bus stop to be hassled by some guy, so I hailed the next cab to get away, which cost me £30 to get home, ok it saved me about an hours journey time & god knows what with that guy but I will not be compensated by National Rail & now I am out of pocket because I was not willing to risking myself with this strange guy or travel alone as a single female past midnight. Therefore I have lost £30 for this persons action of throwing themself in front of the train & I'm sure I'm not the only person that had to pay extra on top of their travel card to get home. National rail will not pay for this as they advised I should get the bus but I was not prepared to risk my personal safety by travelling on public transport so late at night & with the added hassle of unwanted attention!
ok, i feel sad for this persons situation & why they felt they had to do this. There must be compensation for travellers, I pay over £2000 for an annual travel card & had to endure waiting at Balham for 40 mins only to be told ther were no trains & to get the bus. So I went to the bus stop to be hassled by some guy, so I hailed the next cab to get away, which cost me £30 to get home, ok it saved me about an hours journey time & god knows what with that guy but I will not be compensated by National Rail & now I am out of pocket because I was not willing to risking myself with this strange guy or travel alone as a single female past midnight. Therefore I have lost £30 for this persons action of throwing themself in front of the train & I'm sure I'm not the only person that had to pay extra on top of their travel card to get home. National rail will not pay for this as they advised I should get the bus but I was not prepared to risk my personal safety by travelling on public transport so late at night & with the added hassle of unwanted attention! cleocat
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8:05am Thu 15 Dec 11

emelem says...

i won't pretend to understand how someone could jump in front of a train (or off a bridge, cliff, etc) but i gotta say i feel terribly sorry for the train drivers! and people on the platforms... to witness something like this must be absolutely horrible :(
i won't pretend to understand how someone could jump in front of a train (or off a bridge, cliff, etc) but i gotta say i feel terribly sorry for the train drivers! and people on the platforms... to witness something like this must be absolutely horrible :( emelem
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1:36pm Thu 15 Dec 11

Dinosaur2 says...

2nd suicide on South London rail in 2 weeks. I suspect we will see more in the light of what is happening in the UK at the mo. People made redundant cannot pay rent/mortgage so stand to lose their homes. Worry causes a breakdown in health and so on. The domino effect?
2nd suicide on South London rail in 2 weeks. I suspect we will see more in the light of what is happening in the UK at the mo. People made redundant cannot pay rent/mortgage so stand to lose their homes. Worry causes a breakdown in health and so on. The domino effect? Dinosaur2
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1:54pm Thu 15 Dec 11

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

@ Cleocat

Why don't you try to sue the deceased? It's not Network Rail's fault he jumped, or are you saying they didn't do enough to stop him? You need to rethink your selfish attitude. £30 and a bit of inconvenience? Shame on you for blaming Network Rail and bleating about compensation.

Perhaps you should lobby your MP for a change in the law so that you can get automatic compensation if your train journey is interrupted or cancelled by the random act of a sad, desparate individual? I'm sure they'd be only too glad to raise that in the Commons.
@ Cleocat Why don't you try to sue the deceased? It's not Network Rail's fault he jumped, or are you saying they didn't do enough to stop him? You need to rethink your selfish attitude. £30 and a bit of inconvenience? Shame on you for blaming Network Rail and bleating about compensation. Perhaps you should lobby your MP for a change in the law so that you can get automatic compensation if your train journey is interrupted or cancelled by the random act of a sad, desparate individual? I'm sure they'd be only too glad to raise that in the Commons. Mr Flange of Wallington
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2:36pm Thu 15 Dec 11

emelem says...

too bad we can't seem to get trains like the ones in paris: http://www.pariscape
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too bad we can't seem to get trains like the ones in paris: http://www.pariscape s.com/Portals/0/Metr o%20Line%2014.jpg emelem
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10:04am Mon 19 Dec 11

EB86 says...

cleocat wrote:
ok, i feel sad for this persons situation & why they felt they had to do this. There must be compensation for travellers, I pay over £2000 for an annual travel card & had to endure waiting at Balham for 40 mins only to be told ther were no trains & to get the bus. So I went to the bus stop to be hassled by some guy, so I hailed the next cab to get away, which cost me £30 to get home, ok it saved me about an hours journey time & god knows what with that guy but I will not be compensated by National Rail & now I am out of pocket because I was not willing to risking myself with this strange guy or travel alone as a single female past midnight. Therefore I have lost £30 for this persons action of throwing themself in front of the train & I'm sure I'm not the only person that had to pay extra on top of their travel card to get home. National rail will not pay for this as they advised I should get the bus but I was not prepared to risk my personal safety by travelling on public transport so late at night & with the added hassle of unwanted attention!
OMG how horrible for you to lose out on £30!! If you don’t want to get on a bus or a train by yourself at midnight don’t buy a season ticket. It is obviously a waste of money for you!! I can’t believe this close to Christmas... some one has lost a member of their family and you moaning about the cost of your travel. Why don’t you just go straight to the family and express how much on an inconvenience you have experienced and ask for the £30.00 out of their pocket?
[quote][p][bold]cleocat[/bold] wrote: ok, i feel sad for this persons situation & why they felt they had to do this. There must be compensation for travellers, I pay over £2000 for an annual travel card & had to endure waiting at Balham for 40 mins only to be told ther were no trains & to get the bus. So I went to the bus stop to be hassled by some guy, so I hailed the next cab to get away, which cost me £30 to get home, ok it saved me about an hours journey time & god knows what with that guy but I will not be compensated by National Rail & now I am out of pocket because I was not willing to risking myself with this strange guy or travel alone as a single female past midnight. Therefore I have lost £30 for this persons action of throwing themself in front of the train & I'm sure I'm not the only person that had to pay extra on top of their travel card to get home. National rail will not pay for this as they advised I should get the bus but I was not prepared to risk my personal safety by travelling on public transport so late at night & with the added hassle of unwanted attention![/p][/quote]OMG how horrible for you to lose out on £30!! If you don’t want to get on a bus or a train by yourself at midnight don’t buy a season ticket. It is obviously a waste of money for you!! I can’t believe this close to Christmas... some one has lost a member of their family and you moaning about the cost of your travel. Why don’t you just go straight to the family and express how much on an inconvenience you have experienced and ask for the £30.00 out of their pocket? EB86
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