Rugby World Cup fans trapped at Twickenham station after man hit by train

The man suffered head and leg injuries

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A man was hit by a train after he fell onto the tracks at Twickenham railway station after the opening game of the Rugby World Cup, leaving thousands of fans trapped outside the station.

The man suffered head and leg injuries.

Police closed the station after the incident, trapping thousands of rugby fans who were attempting to leave the station.

“The man was struck by the train, which was slowing down to come into the station, and suffered head and leg injuries as a result of the incident. He was removed from the track shortly after 11:20pm and is currently being treated by paramedics,” a spokesman for the British Transport Police said.

“It is unclear exactly how he came to fall on to the tracks. Officers are working to determine the full circumstances.”

Train services in and out of the station were resumed shortly afterwards.

A spokeswoman for the South West Trains and Network Rail Alliance said: “Services have this evening been disrupted between Twickenham and London Waterloo after a person was injured at Twickenham station.

“Our immediate thoughts are for the welfare of the person involved. We have additional staff on duty at the station and British Transport police and paramedics are on site.

“Services have resumed however delays are expected until the end of service. We’re sorry for the disruption this may cause to passengers.”

Almost 82,000 people attended the first game of the Rugby World Cup on Friday at Twickenham, which saw England win 35-10 over Fiji.