he police watchdog is investigating after a man died on the railway line as he fled from officers in west London.
Witnesses described seeing a automobile being pursued by police smash right into a steel barrier exterior Hounslow station simply after midnight on Tuesday.
A man jumped out of the car and disappeared onto the observe. He was pronounced lifeless at 12.22am by paramedics, Scotland Yard stated, though the reason for demise has not been revealed.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has launched an investigation and the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has additionally been knowledgeable.
A resident stated: “I heard police screaming for a man to cease. He crashed right into a barrier, I feel his automobile was a BMW. I heard the screaming then a prepare got here by means of after which silence. It was horrific.”
The smashed barrier might be seen exterior Hounslow station on Tuesday afternoon as British Transport Police officers patrolled alongside the platforms.
In an announcement the Met stated: “At roughly 12.05am on Tuesday, 20 April officers tried to cease a car on Powder Mill Lane in Twickenham. The car didn’t cease and a pursuit commenced.
“A short time later a male decamped from the car and ran onto a close-by railway line off Whitton Road in Hounslow. The London Ambulance Service attended and he was pronounced lifeless at 12.22am.”
The scene exterior Hounslow station / John Dunne
“His subsequent of kin has been knowledgeable and are being supported by specialist officers.”
An area enterprise proprietor advised the Standard: “The automobile hit the barrier, it will need to have been laborious. The police had been chasing him, there have been a number of police vehicles and it seem like get had boxed him in that’s why he received out and ran.”
A mom of two who lives reverse the station stated: “We heard a crash and appeared out, it was chaos. A smashed automobile, paramedics and police all over the place. We first thought it was an assault of some kind. It was like one thing in a movie.”
The IOPC has been contacted for remark.
A South Western Rail member of employees stated: “No one could be in responsibility at the moment of night time and the station gate is typically left open. We don’t know for positive what occurred however the third rail is galvanized. It’s a tragedy.”