Power line kills 'fare dodger'

March 01, 2007

A MAN died last night after bursting into flames when he touched power lines while he was travelling on top of a train.

Police believe the 26-year-old was trying to hitch a ride for free.

British Transport Police (BTP) he was hit by the 25,000 volt shock while travelling on the roof of a freight train in Manchester.

He burst into flames in front of terrified onlookers.

The victim, who has not yet been named, is from the Burnage area of Manchester.

His relatives have been informed of the death.

A BTP spokesman said: "Officers from BTP were called at approximately 2050 hours on Thursday to reports of a small fire at the rear of a freight train and a small flash on the overhead lines as the freight train passed through Manchester Piccadilly station.

"A short time later a body was discovered on top of a container on board the freight train.

"Fire Brigade, paramedics and officers from BTP attended and the body of a male was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Officers from BTP are investigating the circumstances surrounding this fatality.

"At this stage it is not being treated as suspicious."