Three young men were killed when they were hit by a train at Loughborough junction in south London earlier today, British Transport Police (BTP) have confirmed.
Speaking at the scene of the accident today, BTP Superintendent Matthew Allingham of British Transport Police said police have identified one of the men and had “delivered the sad news” to his family.
Allingham said officers were still working to identify and locate the families of the other two men.
“A number of enquiries are also underway to establish the circumstances of how the people came to be on the tracks,” BTP said in a statement.
All three victims are believed to be their 20s, he said.
Allingham did not comment on suggestions that the men were graffiti artists and that spray cans were found at the scene, saying only that “our investigation is focusing on how and why the men came to be on the tracks in the early hours of this morning”.
He added: “It is far too early for us to comment on the reasons for them being there.”
Officers were called to the junction, along with police and the London Ambulance Service, shortly after 7.30am following a report that “multiple bodies” had been found.
The three men were pronounced dead at the scene and police are so far treating their deaths as unexplained.
The spot where the bodies were discovered is busy with freight trains during the night when the line is clear of passenger trains, but it is unclear exactly when victims were stuck.
Allingham said: “It is believed they died earlier in the morning and injuries are consistent with being hit by a train.”
The Guardian suggested the accident is thought to have occurred at about 5am.
Several media reports said that spray cans were found near the bodies, leading to claims the deceased might be graffiti artists.
The area is a popular place to tag and pictures have emerged showing authorities removing evidence bags from the scene containing spray cans.
Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson said earlier today: “My team are now working hard to understand what happened and how these three people came to lose their life on the railway.
“My thoughts are with the family and friends of these three people.
“At this time, we are treating their death as unexplained as we make a number of immediate enquiries. I would ask anyone who was near to Loughborough Junction this morning, and saw something which they think might be relevant, please contact us as soon as possible.”
Several Thameslink trains have been cancelled.
Loughborough Junction station remained open but BTP warned services would be delayed while the scene was investigated and urged commuters to contact National Rail for all inquiries.
The station, between Herne Hill and Elephant and Castle, is served by Thameslink, and platforms and tracks are above ground level.
The bodies are understood to have been discovered on the Catford Loop railway line, some metres from the station.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims involved in the tragedy and urged anyone with information to contact the BTP.
My heart goes out to the families of the three people killed at Loughborough Junction station this morning. If you have any information about this incident please contact @BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 pic.twitter.com/kYzEbIvMpS— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 18, 2018
A Network Rail spokesman said it was assisting BTP and that Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road has opened a preliminary investigation.
Anyone with information about the deaths is urged to contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 93 of 18/06/2018.