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Man fatally struck by train in east London

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A male pedestrian has died after being struck by a VIA Rail train in the city’s east end, London police said.

Officers received a call from VIA Rail around 4 p.m. Friday and responded to the tracks west of the Clarke Road railway crossing, north of Gore Road.

Police have identified the victim only as a 34-year-old male. Their identity not being released until next of kin are notified, police said.

A spokesperson for VIA Rail confirmed an incident involving its Toronto-bound train #76 in London. They said passengers could expect a lengthy delay until the train was released from the police investigation.

In a tweet around 6 p.m., police said they estimated the train would begin moving around 7:15 p.m., depending on the police investigation.

VIA Rail said none of the 239 passengers or crew members on board were hurt.

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While traffic on Clarke Road isn’t affected, members of the public are advised to avoid the area as investigation continues.