Police have launched an investigation after a man was fatally hit by a London Underground train last night after fleeing a car following a police chase in West London.
Officers had been pursuing a car through White City in west London after it failed to stop, before ploughing into another vehicle at about 8.30pm yesterday.
Officers tried to stop a vehicle in Du Cane Road near Shepherds Bush before it crashed into a car.
Several people in the pursued vehicle fled on foot while a man in the hit car was taken to hospital as a precaution.
A police helicopter was seen using spotlights to search for suspects during the heated chase which ended in carnage.
The unidentified man was found fatally injured on the train tracks after being hit by a Central line service, which can reach an average speed of 37.29 mph, near East Acton station.
Officers had been pursuing a car through White City in West London after it failed to stop, before ploughing into another vehicle at about 8.30pm yesterday
Detectives are still working to establish the victim’s identity and tell his family.
The car chase ended between Queen Charlotte’s Hospital and Wormwood Scrubs prison.
Local resident Mike Hill, 54, whose flat backs onto the tracks told the Evening Standard: ‘I heard a commotion and looked out and there was a police helicopter with a spotlight lighting up the tracks.
‘I can’t tell you how many police there were, there were loads of them’.
‘There was a grey VW totally smashed up with the airbag out. The police search was definitely focused on the tracks.’
Maria Kabungcal, 46, who lives near the scene, told the PA news agency: ‘There were a lot of helicopters. I heard the helicopters myself. I was in the living room – then I heard them from the garden.
‘Sometimes they bring patients from the hospital. I didn’t know (what it was).
‘When I went in the kitchen, I saw the lights of the police and when I came out there were just a lot of people there and some of them were standing there by the gate, and there were plenty of police by the car park.
Those who were in the car on Du Cane Road, which runs alongside the Central line and Wormwood Scrubs prison, ran off when police moved in
‘I heard from the people saying there was like a van that was driving and it crashed there, and some of the people jumped from the fence.
‘I saw the police on the railway, maybe searching for them. Then I came inside.’
A cordon was in place at the scene just before 12pm on Tuesday but pedestrians were able to pass it on the pavement.
Two police officers could be seen at the Shepherds Bush end while a Volkswagen Golf and an Audi were inside the cordoned off area, with a clear gap between them.
The cordon had been removed by 1pm on Tuesday.
A TfL spokesperson told the MailOnline that they received a call at 8.30pm last night, prompting the suspension of the Central line between Ealing Broadway and Queensway, with severe delays on the rest of the line.
That suspension remained in place for the rest of the evening, with service resuming at the normal time this morning but with minor delays between East Acton and West Ruislip.
The underground line was back up and and running with a good service by 8.30am.
The unidentified man was found fatally injured on the train tracks after being hit by a Central line service
A police cordon has been put in place at the site while the extensively damaged grey VW estate was towed away earlier today
The spokesperson added: ‘The delays this morning were essentially due to the fact that trains weren’t in their usual place overnight because of the suspension.
‘It’s the same reason you get delays the morning after a strike. It was unrelated to the actual incident itself, the police had left the area’.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘At about 20:35hrs on Monday, 21 August, officers on patrol attempted to stop a vehicle on Du Cane Road, W12.
‘The vehicle failed to stop and subsequently collided with a car. Multiple occupants from the suspect vehicle fled the scene on foot.
‘A man, who was in the second car, was taken to hospital as a precaution.
‘A short time later, a male was seen close to tracks before being struck by a train close to East Acton Underground Station. He has been pronounced dead at the scene.
‘The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed.
‘We are working to establish the males his identity and inform next of kin
‘Enquiries into the circumstances continue’.