Victim of tragic rail accident named

West Marina Depot, Cliftonville Road, St Leonards. SUS-140529-100420001
West Marina Depot, Cliftonville Road, St Leonards. SUS-140529-100420001

THE victim of a tragic accident who died at a St Leonards depot in the early hours last Saturday morning (May 24) has been named.

Roger Lower, 46, of Amherst Road, is believed to have been electrocuted after he fell onto a live line while cleaning a train at the West Marina depot, Cliftonville Road at about 3am on Saturday.

Sussex Police, South East Coast Air Ambulance Service, British Transport Police and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex air Ambulance were called to the scene.

A spokesman from the British Transport Police said: “Our officers attended, alongside colleagues from Sussex Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service. Paramedics worked to resuscitate the man, a 46-year-old from Hastings, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is not being treated as suspicious and the Office of Rail Regulation has been informed. The man’s family has been informed and officers will now assist in the compilation of a report for the coroner.”

Mr Lower is believed to have been an employee of Wettons Cleaning Service which is contracted by Southeastern to clean trains, and the West Marina is owned and managed by train company.

A spokeswoman from Southeastern said that the depot is used to clean and repair trains during the night and that routine maintenance work was being carried out when Mr Lower fell onto the line. She said: “We extend our deepest sympathy to the family. The investigation is now being handled by the Office of the Rail Regulation and we will be cooperating fully with the investigation.”

An Office of Rail Regulation spokesperson said: “Office of Rail Regulation inspectors are investigating this fatal incident at St Leonards West Marina Depot. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic incident. We will be working with British Transport Police and the rail companies involved to establish the cause of the incident and determine whether there was a breach of safety law.