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Hastings rail worker electrocuted in fall

A railway worker was electrocuted when he fell on to a live rail at a train depot.

The 46-year-old man, from Hastings, East Sussex, died at the St Leonards West Marina Depot, on the Hastings line, on Saturday.

Emergency services arrived at the scene shortly after 03:15 BST.

An air ambulance spokesman said the man suffered burns after he was exposed to an electrical current.

Sussex Police, British Transport Police (BTP), South East Coast Ambulance Service and the Kent Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Air Ambulance attended the scene.

'Tragic incident'

A BTP spokesman said: "Paramedics worked to resuscitate the man but he was pronounced dead at the scene."

He said the death was not being treated as suspicious and the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) had been informed.

"The man's family has been informed and officers will now assist in the compilation of a report for the coroner," he said.

An Office of Rail Regulation spokesperson added: "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."

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