A male in his late teens has died after being struck by a train near East Acton Underground station on Monday evening.
At about 8:30pm on 21 August 2023, an unmarked police car containing uniformed officers attempted to stop a van which initially pulled over and stopped but when the officers got out of their car, it then drove away and then collided with other cars on Du Cane Road, W12.
According to the Met Police, a number of people were seen to flee the van on foot, and a short time later, a person, now known to be the teenager, was seen close to tracks before being struck by a train close to East Acton Underground Station. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The police said that during the incident, nobody was detained or arrested.
Chief Superintendent Lou Puddefoot, in charge of policing in Central West BCU said: “I am extremely sad to confirm the death of this teenager, and my thoughts and condolences are with his friends and family following this tragedy.
“We are in contact with his family, offering specialist support and updates on our work to determine what happened. This has caused devastation to the young man’s loved ones, and we also understand how concerning an incident like this is for local people.
“Since the initial incident, representatives from our Professional Standards Department have visited the scene and are continuing to gather evidence.
“The case was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and after a thorough assessment, the IOPC has confirmed that is now for the Met to review, and to find out whether anything could, or should, have been done differently.”
A special post mortem along with formal identification is still due to take place and enquiries into the incident continue.