Man, 61, found dead at Cheshire rail depot after ‘industrial incident’

Police and the Health and Safety Executive are investigating after the death of a man at a rail freight terminal in Widnes. Police were called to the terminal at around 4.30am on Monday, following what they described as an “industrial incident”. When they arrived they found that a 61-year-old man had died.

His next of kin have been informed. The deceased is believed to have been a lorry driver and was found by a fellow trucker. Stobart said the incident was a “tragic accident”, adding the company’s thoughts are with the deceased’s family.

The rail depot is part of the Mersey Multi-Modal Gateway (3MG), the Liverpool Echo reports. READ MORE: Crewe shortlisted to become home of Great British Railways A Cheshire Police spokesperson said: “At roughly 4.30am on Monday, July 4, officers responded to an industrial incident that occurred on Desoto Road, Widnes.

Officers attended and found that a 61-year-old man had sadly passed away. “An investigation into the incident has been launched by Cheshire Police with support from the Health and Safety Executive. The man’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.”

An aerial view of part of Stobart Rail Freight Terminal in Widnes.An aerial view of part of Stobart Rail Freight Terminal in Widnes.

A Stobart spokesman said: “It is with regret that we can confirm that an incident occurred on July 4, which unfortunately resulted in the fatality of an employee.

“A full investigation is under way, and we are cooperating fully with the authorities to establish the circumstances surrounding this tragic accident. “Our thoughts are with the family at this extremely sad time.” The HSE have been approached for comment.

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