A man has been killed after leaning out of a train window and being hit by another train, according to reports.
The passenger was travelling on a Gatwick Express at Wandsworth Common station in London on Sunday evening.
London Ambulance Service said they were called to the station at 5:34pm but the passenger was pronounced dead at the scene, the BBC reports.
British Transport Police dismissed reports on social media that the man had been ‘decapitated’ and said the death was not being treated as suspicious.
The man was treated for a head injury, but was pronounced dead by an air ambulance doctor, London Ambulance Service said.
However, one onlooker, Rhianna, from Battersea, described the man being decapitated to Wandsworth Radio, the Daily Mail reports.
He lifted his head out and basically he didn’t notice that the train was coming, so all you see is basically a head gone.
The head flew off basically. I actually ran because it was disgusting but all I saw was a head (that) flew away.
People screamed, the train stopped and people were screaming and they were coming out.
— Sankha (@sankhaguha) August 7, 2016
Rhianna added that there were 15 to 20 people inside the carriage when the man was struck by an oncoming train.
But Inspector James Tyrrell said:
We are aware of a number of reports on social media which say the man was decapitated as a result of this incident. However, this is not the case.
Our investigation remains at an early stage, but initial enquiries suggest the man may have been leaning out of a train door window when he suffered a blow to the head.
Police have said the man was in his 20s and are still working to confirm his identity. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.