A man died on Monday after being hit by a tube train following a police chase in west London.
The Metropolitan police said they tried to stop a vehicle in Du Cane Road near Shepherd’s Bush before it crashed into another car shortly after 8.30pm.
Following the crash, several people in the suspect vehicle fled on foot, while a man in the car that was hit was taken to hospital as a precaution.
A man was later seen close to the tracks at East Acton underground station before being struck by a tube train. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Met is working to establish the victim’s identity and tell his family. A spokesperson for the force said its directorate of professional standards had been informed and an investigation was under way.
The railway lines were searched by police on Monday night, witnesses said.
The Guardian understands that Transport for London got a call at 8.30pm on Monday and the Central line was suspended between Ealing Broadway and Queensway.
The rest of the line had severe delays and that suspension remained in place until the end of the day.
The service resumed with minor delays between East Acton and West Ruislip on Tuesday morning. It returned to a good service by 8.30am.
Maria Kabungcal, 46, who lives near the scene, said: “There were a lot of helicopters. I heard the helicopters myself. 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 …
“I heard from the people saying there was 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.”
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Mike Hill, 64, who lives in the same block of flats, said: “We just heard fire engines, the ambulance and police cars. We saw the car get towed away. All the airbags had gone and the back wheel was missing.
“They were all searching the railway lines last night and there were no trains until this morning.”
A Met police spokesperson confirmed that officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Du Cane Road while on patrol and said the vehicle, which failed to stop, subsequently collided with a car.
“A short time later, a male was seen close to the tracks before being struck by a train close to East Acton underground station. We are working to establish his identity and inform his next of kin. Inquiries into the circumstances continue,” the spokesperson said.