Hailsham man hit by train

Polegate train station
Polegate train station

A man who was hit by a train and died at Polegate train station on Saturday (September 21) has been named by police.

Nicholas John Grove, 47, of The Stringwalk, Hailsham. died when he was hit by an early morning Ashford to Brighton train.

Paramedics, Sussex Police and British Tranport Police officers attended the incident which happened at around 10am.

Paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance Service declared Mr Grove dead at the scene.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said Mr Grove’s death was not being treated as suspicious.

She said: “BTP officers were called to Polegate station on Saturday, 21 September following a report that a man had been hit by a train.

“Sussex Police officers also attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 9.57am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“Medics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended.

“A file will be prepared for the Coroner.”

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “I can confirm we were called shortly before 10am to reports a man had been hit by a train at Polegate.

“We attended the scene but sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Trains were severely disrupted after the incident.

There were no trains between Eastbourne and Lewes as a result of the incident, Southern Rail said.

The line was closed for around 90 minutes.

Some replacement rail buses were put on to help ferry people to local stations.

But people going towards London were faced with delays of up to 90 minutes.

The line was reopened at around 12:30pm on Saturday (September 21) but there were some delays remaining on the line of around 30 to 60 minutes.

Services were also affected in and out of London after a man was hit by a train at Clapham Junction train station later the same day.

The man was struck by the non-stopping Gatwick Express train at about 12.40pm.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The death is being treated as non-suspicious.

Did you know Mr Grove? Send your tributes to sussex.express@jpress.co.uk