Mother And Toddler Killed By Train Named

A woman and her three-year-old son who died after they were struck by a train in the morning rush hour have been named.

Donna Oettinger, 41, and Zachary died at Riddlesdown rail station near Purley, south London at around 8.20am, according to the British Transport Police (BTP).

"Medics from the London Ambulance Service also attended, but Donna and Zachary were sadly pronounced dead at the scene," a BTP spokeswoman said.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Miller, the senior investigating officer, said: "Our thoughts remain with Donna and Zachary's family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

"Officers are continuing to work to establish the full circumstances of what happened, although early indications show that no one else was believed to have been involved.

"A file will be prepared for the Coroner."

The station was temporarily closed while the emergency services dealt with the incident. Electrical power to the line between Woldingham and South Croydon was also turned off for several hours.

There was considerable disruption to services run by the Southern train company in the area, with buses running between some stations and extended journey times.

The line between Uckfield/East Grinstead and South Croydon reopened in the afternoon.