Man’s body ‘hit by hundreds of trains after staff mistook it for fox’

A man’s dead body lay undiscovered and was hit by hundreds of London Underground trains after it was mistaken for a FOX, it has been reported.

The victim, 47, remained on the tracks of the Piccadilly line for around 14 hours, it is claimed.

Staff were first alerted that an Underground train had automatically stopped because of a tripped switch at 11.30am on December 28.

But a source told The Sun, a manager went to investigate and reported back that it was the carcass of a fox, or "a family of foxes".

The line reopened and an estimated 26 trains an hour continued to pass the spot of the tragedy near Russell Square.

It wasn’t until 1.42am the next day that police were finally called and the man was identified as a 47-year-old from Maidstone, Kent.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file has been passed to the coroner.

A full inquest will be heard later this year.

A TfL spokesperson told The Sun: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who was found in the tunnel between Holborn and Russell Square stations on 29 December 2017.

"We are unable to comment further at this time pending the conclusion of the coroner’s inquest."

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