Woman dead after being hit by train in Witham

Braintree and Witham Times: Rail delays after person hit by train in Witham Rail delays after person hit by train in Witham

A woman has died after being hit by a train at Witham railway station.


Essex police were contacted by the ambulance service shortly before 3pm today following reports of a death.

A police spokesman said: "Officers arrived and found the body of a woman."

There is no more information available about her at this time.


Rail users faced delays all afternoon with lines between Liverpool Street and Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich were affected.


National Rail issued the following statement: "A person had been hit by a train at Witham which had blocked all lines, all lines are now open.

"Trains between London Liverpool Street and Marks Tey may still be delayed by up 45 minutes while the service returns to normal.

"These delays will continue until approximately 5.30pm.


"Please note, that journeys between London Liverpool Street and Colchester / Clacton-on-Sea / Walton-on-the-Naze / Stowmarket may also be affected by planned engineering work."

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6:20pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Ontheball says...

Useless ambulance service can't even contact the right police force for this incident! All matters relating to fatalities on the rail network come under the British Transport Police, who, I have no doubt, attended and dealt with the incident.
Useless ambulance service can't even contact the right police force for this incident! All matters relating to fatalities on the rail network come under the British Transport Police, who, I have no doubt, attended and dealt with the incident. Ontheball
  • Score: -22

6:32pm Sun 16 Mar 14

venturoboy says...

After witnessing many ticket inspectors on the train holding onto people that hadn't bought a ticket... Say "we're getting off at the next station where BTP will meet us" - only to find that the police were never there I thought the BTP were simply a myth. Always annoyed me as I wondered why I bothered paying whilst watching those that hadn't paid simply walking away.
After witnessing many ticket inspectors on the train holding onto people that hadn't bought a ticket... Say "we're getting off at the next station where BTP will meet us" - only to find that the police were never there I thought the BTP were simply a myth. Always annoyed me as I wondered why I bothered paying whilst watching those that hadn't paid simply walking away. venturoboy
  • Score: -26

6:56pm Sun 16 Mar 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

venturoboy wrote:
After witnessing many ticket inspectors on the train holding onto people that hadn't bought a ticket... Say "we're getting off at the next station where BTP will meet us" - only to find that the police were never there I thought the BTP were simply a myth. Always annoyed me as I wondered why I bothered paying whilst watching those that hadn't paid simply walking away.
What the **** does your comment have to do with the story !!
[quote][p][bold]venturoboy[/bold] wrote: After witnessing many ticket inspectors on the train holding onto people that hadn't bought a ticket... Say "we're getting off at the next station where BTP will meet us" - only to find that the police were never there I thought the BTP were simply a myth. Always annoyed me as I wondered why I bothered paying whilst watching those that hadn't paid simply walking away.[/p][/quote]What the **** does your comment have to do with the story !! SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 40

7:08pm Sun 16 Mar 14

Sis.Essex says...

Thinking of this poor lady and her family and friends at this truly awful time. My heart goes out to everyone affected by today's sad events.
Thinking of this poor lady and her family and friends at this truly awful time. My heart goes out to everyone affected by today's sad events. Sis.Essex
  • Score: 23

9:06pm Sun 16 Mar 14

helenbach says...

deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.
deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary. helenbach
  • Score: 10

5:02am Mon 17 Mar 14

morty1970 says...

What about the poor train driver?!
What about the poor train driver?! morty1970
  • Score: 33

9:05am Mon 17 Mar 14

Jess Jephcott says...

Who would want to be a train driver, so often forced to execute suicidal people? I suppose they get used to it.
Who would want to be a train driver, so often forced to execute suicidal people? I suppose they get used to it. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 3

9:08am Mon 17 Mar 14

Lucie2013 says...

1. The ambulance service is far from useless
2. Who cares which police force deals with it
3. This has nothing to do with people not paying for their tickets, BTP or anything else!

4. A lady has died - have a little respect for f*cks sake!
1. The ambulance service is far from useless 2. Who cares which police force deals with it 3. This has nothing to do with people not paying for their tickets, BTP or anything else! 4. A lady has died - have a little respect for f*cks sake! Lucie2013
  • Score: 16

9:14am Mon 17 Mar 14

The King of Colchester says...

helenbach wrote:
deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.
It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act!
[quote][p][bold]helenbach[/bold] wrote: deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.[/p][/quote]It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act! The King of Colchester
  • Score: -10

10:39am Mon 17 Mar 14

This-is-what-I-have-to-say says...

The King of Colchester wrote:
helenbach wrote:
deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.
It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act!
It is a selfish act, but it's not the fault of the family and friends who helenbach was expressing her sympathies to.

No matter how selfish this act it, you must be in a very desperate place to do something like this - to actually throw yourself in front of a train, I'm pretty sure someone doesn't do that just on a whim.
[quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]helenbach[/bold] wrote: deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.[/p][/quote]It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act![/p][/quote]It is a selfish act, but it's not the fault of the family and friends who helenbach was expressing her sympathies to. No matter how selfish this act it, you must be in a very desperate place to do something like this - to actually throw yourself in front of a train, I'm pretty sure someone doesn't do that just on a whim. This-is-what-I-have-to-say
  • Score: 17

11:07am Mon 17 Mar 14

keith_l says...

This-is-what-I-have-
to-say
wrote:
The King of Colchester wrote:
helenbach wrote:
deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.
It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act!
It is a selfish act, but it's not the fault of the family and friends who helenbach was expressing her sympathies to.

No matter how selfish this act it, you must be in a very desperate place to do something like this - to actually throw yourself in front of a train, I'm pretty sure someone doesn't do that just on a whim.
Unless anyone has any information not contained in the original article, how do you know that it was a suicide? It could have been an accident, standing too close to the edge of the platform.
[quote][p][bold]This-is-what-I-have- to-say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]helenbach[/bold] wrote: deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.[/p][/quote]It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act![/p][/quote]It is a selfish act, but it's not the fault of the family and friends who helenbach was expressing her sympathies to. No matter how selfish this act it, you must be in a very desperate place to do something like this - to actually throw yourself in front of a train, I'm pretty sure someone doesn't do that just on a whim.[/p][/quote]Unless anyone has any information not contained in the original article, how do you know that it was a suicide? It could have been an accident, standing too close to the edge of the platform. keith_l
  • Score: 7

11:10am Mon 17 Mar 14

The King of Colchester says...

keith_l wrote:
This-is-what-I-have-

to-say
wrote:
The King of Colchester wrote:
helenbach wrote:
deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.
It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act!
It is a selfish act, but it's not the fault of the family and friends who helenbach was expressing her sympathies to.

No matter how selfish this act it, you must be in a very desperate place to do something like this - to actually throw yourself in front of a train, I'm pretty sure someone doesn't do that just on a whim.
Unless anyone has any information not contained in the original article, how do you know that it was a suicide? It could have been an accident, standing too close to the edge of the platform.
..............and it might have been suicide. Most are.
[quote][p][bold]keith_l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]This-is-what-I-have- to-say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]helenbach[/bold] wrote: deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.[/p][/quote]It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act![/p][/quote]It is a selfish act, but it's not the fault of the family and friends who helenbach was expressing her sympathies to. No matter how selfish this act it, you must be in a very desperate place to do something like this - to actually throw yourself in front of a train, I'm pretty sure someone doesn't do that just on a whim.[/p][/quote]Unless anyone has any information not contained in the original article, how do you know that it was a suicide? It could have been an accident, standing too close to the edge of the platform.[/p][/quote]..............and it might have been suicide. Most are. The King of Colchester
  • Score: -4

1:52pm Mon 17 Mar 14

pierre-pierre says...

and it might not, several people have died at Witham using a pedestrian crossing that has now been replaced by a bridge, we dont appear to have any definite information on this death
and it might not, several people have died at Witham using a pedestrian crossing that has now been replaced by a bridge, we dont appear to have any definite information on this death pierre-pierre
  • Score: 1

5:18pm Mon 17 Mar 14

/@|_|@\ says...

The King of Colchester wrote:
helenbach wrote:
deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.
It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act!
This bloke's a troglodyte. Ignore him.
[quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]helenbach[/bold] wrote: deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.[/p][/quote]It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act![/p][/quote]This bloke's a troglodyte. Ignore him. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 3

8:18am Tue 18 Mar 14

The King of Colchester says...

/@|_|@\ wrote:
The King of Colchester wrote:
helenbach wrote:
deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.
It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act!
This bloke's a troglodyte. Ignore him.
Not at all, I just have a different opinion to you. Don't take it personally.
[quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The King of Colchester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]helenbach[/bold] wrote: deepest sympathies to family and friends of this lady, and for the grace of god I am not identifying at the mortuary.[/p][/quote]It depends. If she jumped in front of the train to commit suicide, then I have no sympathy for this very selfish act![/p][/quote]This bloke's a troglodyte. Ignore him.[/p][/quote]Not at all, I just have a different opinion to you. Don't take it personally. The King of Colchester
  • Score: -1

8:46am Tue 18 Mar 14

Bhudeeka says...

i have no sympathy for these people if it is suicide it is totally selfish and I am sick of having my commute disrupted because of it I am also sick of the selfish act that forces train drivers to feel like murderers and anyone who has the misfortune to witness it including my spouse a year ago who was so upset this is just another act of getting attention one last time if they had any diginity and respct for anyone else they would do it in theire own home in private
i have no sympathy for these people if it is suicide it is totally selfish and I am sick of having my commute disrupted because of it I am also sick of the selfish act that forces train drivers to feel like murderers and anyone who has the misfortune to witness it including my spouse a year ago who was so upset this is just another act of getting attention one last time if they had any diginity and respct for anyone else they would do it in theire own home in private Bhudeeka
  • Score: -17

11:53am Tue 18 Mar 14

romantic says...

Bhudeeka wrote:
i have no sympathy for these people if it is suicide it is totally selfish and I am sick of having my commute disrupted because of it I am also sick of the selfish act that forces train drivers to feel like murderers and anyone who has the misfortune to witness it including my spouse a year ago who was so upset this is just another act of getting attention one last time if they had any diginity and respct for anyone else they would do it in theire own home in private
Somebody who's head is in a place where they throw themselves in front of a train is not thinking about the effect on your commute or the train-driver. It is a horrible situation for everybody involved, including the family of the person who commits suicide. I am sure it is very frustrating that you got delayed, but there will be a family somewhere who have a policeman at the door with the news of this death. Their world is also changed forever. Those who are close to the person will forever wonder why they didn't spot the signs and do something.

Believe me, at this moment, the last thing that family needs is people banging on about dignity and respect. Yes, it is a selfish act, but you will wake up tomorrow and the delayed trains will be just a memory. Somewhere, a mother or sibling or child has a lifetime of guilt, thinking it is their fault in some way.
[quote][p][bold]Bhudeeka[/bold] wrote: i have no sympathy for these people if it is suicide it is totally selfish and I am sick of having my commute disrupted because of it I am also sick of the selfish act that forces train drivers to feel like murderers and anyone who has the misfortune to witness it including my spouse a year ago who was so upset this is just another act of getting attention one last time if they had any diginity and respct for anyone else they would do it in theire own home in private[/p][/quote]Somebody who's head is in a place where they throw themselves in front of a train is not thinking about the effect on your commute or the train-driver. It is a horrible situation for everybody involved, including the family of the person who commits suicide. I am sure it is very frustrating that you got delayed, but there will be a family somewhere who have a policeman at the door with the news of this death. Their world is also changed forever. Those who are close to the person will forever wonder why they didn't spot the signs and do something. Believe me, at this moment, the last thing that family needs is people banging on about dignity and respect. Yes, it is a selfish act, but you will wake up tomorrow and the delayed trains will be just a memory. Somewhere, a mother or sibling or child has a lifetime of guilt, thinking it is their fault in some way. romantic
  • Score: 17

12:38pm Tue 18 Mar 14

This-is-what-I-have-to-say says...

romantic wrote:
Bhudeeka wrote:
i have no sympathy for these people if it is suicide it is totally selfish and I am sick of having my commute disrupted because of it I am also sick of the selfish act that forces train drivers to feel like murderers and anyone who has the misfortune to witness it including my spouse a year ago who was so upset this is just another act of getting attention one last time if they had any diginity and respct for anyone else they would do it in theire own home in private
Somebody who's head is in a place where they throw themselves in front of a train is not thinking about the effect on your commute or the train-driver. It is a horrible situation for everybody involved, including the family of the person who commits suicide. I am sure it is very frustrating that you got delayed, but there will be a family somewhere who have a policeman at the door with the news of this death. Their world is also changed forever. Those who are close to the person will forever wonder why they didn't spot the signs and do something.

Believe me, at this moment, the last thing that family needs is people banging on about dignity and respect. Yes, it is a selfish act, but you will wake up tomorrow and the delayed trains will be just a memory. Somewhere, a mother or sibling or child has a lifetime of guilt, thinking it is their fault in some way.
Bhudeeka, YOU are the selfish one, making comments like that. As romantic has clearly pointed out, there is a family on the end of this. For one moment, stop and think how they must be feeling. Yes, it's annoying that it means that trains have been delayed, but it's exactly just that, annoying.

You must be in a real bad place to do something like this, the act of actually throwing yourself in front of an oncoming train, you clearly aren't thinking about the effects on others - most importantly the family.

I so hope Bhudeeka that something like his never happens to anyone close to you, but if it does, I'm pretty sure you'll be backtracking on what you have said.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bhudeeka[/bold] wrote: i have no sympathy for these people if it is suicide it is totally selfish and I am sick of having my commute disrupted because of it I am also sick of the selfish act that forces train drivers to feel like murderers and anyone who has the misfortune to witness it including my spouse a year ago who was so upset this is just another act of getting attention one last time if they had any diginity and respct for anyone else they would do it in theire own home in private[/p][/quote]Somebody who's head is in a place where they throw themselves in front of a train is not thinking about the effect on your commute or the train-driver. It is a horrible situation for everybody involved, including the family of the person who commits suicide. I am sure it is very frustrating that you got delayed, but there will be a family somewhere who have a policeman at the door with the news of this death. Their world is also changed forever. Those who are close to the person will forever wonder why they didn't spot the signs and do something. Believe me, at this moment, the last thing that family needs is people banging on about dignity and respect. Yes, it is a selfish act, but you will wake up tomorrow and the delayed trains will be just a memory. Somewhere, a mother or sibling or child has a lifetime of guilt, thinking it is their fault in some way.[/p][/quote]Bhudeeka, YOU are the selfish one, making comments like that. As romantic has clearly pointed out, there is a family on the end of this. For one moment, stop and think how they must be feeling. Yes, it's annoying that it means that trains have been delayed, but it's exactly just that, annoying. You must be in a real bad place to do something like this, the act of actually throwing yourself in front of an oncoming train, you clearly aren't thinking about the effects on others - most importantly the family. I so hope Bhudeeka that something like his never happens to anyone close to you, but if it does, I'm pretty sure you'll be backtracking on what you have said. This-is-what-I-have-to-say
  • Score: 17

1:05pm Tue 18 Mar 14

helenbach says...

tut tut you being delayed ......late home for your dinner,? as your partner was so traumatised by the witnessing of a train suicide you will know first hand the impact situations can have on the human mind.
some where out there some ones daughter, sister, aunt, or niece has not come home late for her dinner.
have you thought of supporting MIND ? or Re think? maybe get a wider knowledge and understanding of mental health, just log on to the web site ( you can do this whilst being delayed on your journey home )
Yes i agree there is an impact on the train driver, witnesses &, emergency services but I'm sure this woman was not in the frame of mind to think " **** I wont jump ,people will get delayed !
I so hope you are never touched by the horrors of mental health problems, and if you are I'm sure you will be treated with care compassion understanding and empathy.
tut tut you being delayed ......late home for your dinner,? as your partner was so traumatised by the witnessing of a train suicide you will know first hand the impact situations can have on the human mind. some where out there some ones daughter, sister, aunt, or niece has not come home late for her dinner. have you thought of supporting MIND ? or Re think? maybe get a wider knowledge and understanding of mental health, just log on to the web site ( you can do this whilst being delayed on your journey home ) Yes i agree there is an impact on the train driver, witnesses &, emergency services but I'm sure this woman was not in the frame of mind to think " **** I wont jump ,people will get delayed ! I so hope you are never touched by the horrors of mental health problems, and if you are I'm sure you will be treated with care compassion understanding and empathy. helenbach
  • Score: 19

10:42am Fri 4 Apr 14

Beck 1 says...

I know someone that worked as a train driver. He was so traumatised by a suicide that it has basically ruined his life, that is relationship breakdown, career gone, loss of house etc. This is an innocent person that has felt the effects of a selfish act. As it is not clear if this was an accident or suicide it is hard to make a judgement on this tragic event. If a person is suicidal and determined to end their own life, there are other ways that will cause less trauma to innocent bystanders.
I know someone that worked as a train driver. He was so traumatised by a suicide that it has basically ruined his life, that is relationship breakdown, career gone, loss of house etc. This is an innocent person that has felt the effects of a selfish act. As it is not clear if this was an accident or suicide it is hard to make a judgement on this tragic event. If a person is suicidal and determined to end their own life, there are other ways that will cause less trauma to innocent bystanders. Beck 1
  • Score: 0

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