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Woman and child dead after being hit by train at Riddlesdown

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A WOMAN her three-year-old son have died after being hit by a train at Riddlesdown. British Transport Police (BTP) officers were called to Riddlesdown train station, Purley, at 8.29am. Medics from London Ambulance Services and Metropolitan Police officers also attended, but the pair were declared dead at the scene. The woman is said to be in her thirties, but has not been formally identified. BTP said the boy was three years old, and he is understood to be the woman's son. The station has been closed, and enquiries are ongoing to establish what happened. "Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the woman and child involved," said Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Iain Miller. "Officers are continuing to work to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, although early indications show that no one else was believed to have been involved." One passenger on board at the time said the train had been held in position until about 10.10am, when it was moved to Sanderstead to let passengers off. National Rail said electrical supply to the line has been turned off while crews deal with the incident. Southern said a shuttle service is operating between Oxted and East Grinstead, and Oxted and Uckfield. Replacement buses are operating between Purley and Oxted, calling at all stations including Riddlesdown in both directions. There is also a rail replacement service between Uckfield and Haywards Heath calling at Crowborough, Buxted and Uckfield in both directions, and between East Grinstead and Three Bridges in both directions. There will also be a replacement bus service between Oxted and Redhill from 3pm. For more information, including on where Southern tickets are being accepted, click here. Passengers travelling from Sanderstead are being used to use Purley Oaks train station instead. Train services still running are expected to be around 30 minutes longer than usual. First Capital Connect are accepting Southern tickets on the Thameslink services on reasonable routes.
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