A witness has described what happened at Surbiton station yesterday after a man was hit by a train and killed.

The witness, who asked not to be named, said he was waiting opposite platform two and looked over a split-second after the impact, just after 7.30pm last night.

The man killed is thought to have been in his 40s and from Surbiton, British Transport Police said this morning.

The witness said: “I was completely opposite on the other platform. It all happened very, very quickly.

“It took me 10 or 15 minutes to convince the railway staff that someone had been killed.

“I don’t know, really, how it occurred. I witnessed the second after and all that happened after that, which was pretty horrific.”

The train came to a halt several hundred metres further up the line, the witness said.

He added: “I just want to put it out of my mind. It is not something that you want to see.”

The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious, police said.