Men found electrocuted on east London line had been on top of freight train

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Two men found electrocuted on train tracks had been on top of a moving freight train before hitting overhead power cables.

Emergency services were called at around 1am on Thursday after a report of a casualty on the line in east London.

A second casualty was found on the tracks at about 2.30am.

British Transport Police (BTP) believe they have identified the two men, who died after sustaining “serious electrical burns on the tracks” between Hackney Wick and Stratford.

The 27-year-old man from Clerkenwell and 25-year-old man from Aberystwyth were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Detective Sergeant David Taylor said the two men were believed to be on top of a moving freight train wagon when they hit overhead wires.

However, it is not known how or why they were on top of the wagon and there was nothing to indicate they had been involved in graffitiing.

DS Taylor added: “Our thoughts are with both families as they come to terms with this devastating news, we will of course provide them with as much support as possible.

“The initial evidence that we’ve been able to gather suggests that both men were on top of a moving freight train wagon, when they came into contact with the overhead power lines.

“Our investigation will continue to examine how and why they came to be on top of this train although there is nothing to indicate that graffiti was involved.”

:: Anyone with information should call BTP on 0800 405040 or text 61016 with reference 23 of 21 March.

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