Person Dies After Fall from West Ealing Footbridge

Train services suspended out of Paddington on morning of incident

The Jacob's Ladder Footbridge. Picture: Christopher Hilton

July 2, 2024

A person has died after falling from a footbridge in West Ealing this Thursday morning (27 June). Their body was found on the railway lines near the Jacob’s Ladder bridge.

The police say they are not treating the incident as suspicious and a post mortem will be held in due course.

It was necessary to suspend services out of Paddington including Elizabeth line, Great Western Railway and the Heathrow Express. Paddington was already unusually crowded due to people making their way to the Glastonbury Festival.

Services resumed at 11am but there were disruptions on the line for the remainder of the day.

A British Transport Police spokesman said, 'Officers were called to the line near West Ealing at around 7.30am today following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

'Paramedics also attended, however sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.'

A Network Rail spokesperson said, 'Train services in and out of London Paddington were disrupted this morning while the emergency services dealt with an incident in the West Ealing area.’

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