Grisly discovery as rail workers find human flesh
Milton Keynes Citizen: 16 May 2007
A group of railway workers downed tools at Milton Keynes Central station after finding human remains from a death on the track.
A man fell from the Childs Way overbridge and was killed by a high-speed train on Monday morning.
The crew of 15 track workers came across bits of flesh, patches of blood and part of what resembled a finger during their shift on Monday evening.
The men claim they had no warning about the tragedy until they made their own enquiries.
A Network Rail spokesman told the Citizen that the track was cleansed after the incident but it was challenging to find all the remains, which were spread over a large area.
One of the contractors said: "I think the reality really set in when one of my co-workers said, 'what's this?' and another replied, 'it looks like human flesh, a bit of finger or something'."
The crew's supervisor immediately made some phonecalls and found out the gruesome
incident just hours earlier.
"We had not been briefed before we went on track that there was a possibility of finding body parts," continued the worker.
"Nor had the site been properly cleansed. I had heard earlier about delays at Milton Keynes, put two and two together and realised that what we were working amongst human remains.
"Unfortunately this was all too late, we had been working on site for over three hours and the job had been completed for the night."
He added: "There were people in the group who hadn't seen this type of thing before. We were also worried about things like HIV."
Network Rail said they pass on any information that is likely to affect contractors to the management of the companies.
Passengers were cleared from the platform on Monday morning while police and emergency services dealt with the incident.
Services were disrupted from 10am to noon.