The police watchdog has launched an investigation after a man who was being chased by police died after running onto a railway line.
The Metropolitan Police said officers tried to stop a car in Twickenham just after midnight on Tuesday.
The vehicle failed to stop, and during the ensuing chase the car reportedly crashed into barriers at Hounslow station.
The police watchdog has launched an investigation after a man was found dead on railway tracks near Hounslow Station while being chased by Met Police who attempted to stop a car
Witnesses say at this point, a man got out of the car and ran on to the railway line off Whitton Road in Hounslow.
One resident told the Evening Standard: ‘I heard police screaming for a man to stop. He crashed into a barrier, I think his car was a BMW.
‘I heard the screaming then a train came through and then silence. It was horrific.’
Officers found him and an ambulance was called but he was pronounced dead at 12.22am. His family have been told.
A South Western Rail member of staff told the Standard: ‘No one would be in duty at that time of night and the station gate is sometimes left open.
‘We don’t know for sure what happened but the third rail is electrified. It’s a tragedy.’
His cause of death is yet to be determined and post-mortem is due to take place.
Police watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.
Witnesses say car crashed into barriers at the station before a man got out and fled from police
The Metropolitan Police’s internal Directorate of Professional Standards has also been informed.
The IOPC said that the man was aged in his 30s and had been driving a black Audi.
IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: ‘My thoughts are with the man’s family and friends, and those officers involved in this tragic incident.
‘We are making contact with the man’s family to provide them with support and to explain our role investigating the circumstances leading up to his death.
‘We sent our investigators to the scene and to the post incident procedures to begin gathering evidence.
‘When someone dies following police contact, it is mandatory for forces to make a referral to the IOPC.
‘Our role is to establish the circumstances of the incident and this work is already under way.’