A teenage secondary school pupil has died after being hit by a train at a Surrey station.
The Year 9 student, who is thought to be aged 14, was killed by a train at Chertsey station around 4pm yesterday.
Paramedics and police were called to the scene but the child was pronounced dead at the trackside.
Salesian School in Chertsey has confirmed the pupil attended there and said pupils and staff are in shock.
Parents of other children at the school have said they understand the victim was a boy from the secondary, but police have yet to confirm whether it was a boy or a girl or name the child.
One mother claimed the platform was ‘full of school children’ at the time.
The crossing at Chertsey station was taped off this morning as police investigate
Flowers have been tied to railings at the station today as locals told of their sadness
The school’s headteacher James Kibble said yesterday evening: ‘We were devastated to find out that, following an incident at Chertsey station, one of our Year 9 students died this afternoon.
‘This is an incredibly difficult situation for everyone, but knowing the faith, compassion and strength of our school community, I am confident that we will work together to support one another.
‘This will start from first thing tomorrow, and will be holding a series of assemblies to talk to the students about what has happened and how we can collectively come to terms with this tragedy.
‘We would ask that our community joins together to remember the student and their family in their prayers at this incredibly sad time.’
The school has cancelled its planned sports day today as pupils grieve for their friend.
Counsellors and an educational psychologist will be on site today to support fellow pupils.
Police at Chertsey station. Officers say the death is not being treated as suspicious
British Transport Police say the incident is not being treated as suspicious
A spokesman for British Transport Police said: ‘Officers were called to Chertsey station at 4pm today following reports of a casualty on the tracks.
‘Paramedics also attended and sadly a person has been pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.’
A South Western Railway spokesman said last night: ‘A person has been struck by a train between Virginia Water and Weybridge. Our response teams are working with the emergency services to assist with the incident.
‘In order to allow emergency services access to the railway all power to the track will need to be switched off in the affected area.
‘Trains between these stations will not be able to run until further notice.’
Salesian School has cancelled its sports day today and brought in counsellors for students