Money Raised In Memory Of Man Who Died On Gatwick Express Train

Over six thousand pounds has been raised in just a day for a memorial for 24 year old from East Grinstead who died after a head injury on a gatwick express train at the weekend.

Friends have paid tribute to a ``life-long railway fanatic'' who died after he put his head out of a train carriage window.

The accident happened as Simon Brown was travelling on the Gatwick Express at Wandsworth Common station in south London on Sunday.

Friend Reuben Smith has launched a fundraising page to help cover the costs of the funeral.

Mr Brown, originally from East Grinstead, West Sussex, first volunteered on the Bluebell Railway as a nine-year-old and had recently taken up a position as an engineering technician with Hitachi Rail Europe in Bristol.

Mr Smith, a railway conductor, said: ``Railways were his life. I have known him since we were 12. It is very sad.''

Writing on his fundraising page, Mr Smith said: ``Simon was a great friend of ours and a real light in the railway world. He was always smiling, cheerful and would bend over backwards to help anyone. There's now a massive hole in our close-knit community where he was.

``He has been taken from us at the age of 24 - it's far too young.

``Please donate. I want to help ease the burden of the cost of the funeral for his parents.''

British Transport Police (BTP) believe Mr Brown may have been leaning out of a train door window when he suffered a blow to the head at around 5.30pm on Sunday.

Dismissing reports that he may have been decapitated, BTP said they have reported the incident to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

A BTP spokesman said: ``The death is being treated as non-suspicious and the circumstances, including what caused the head injuries, are still being investigated.''

Mr Brown's family have been informed of his death and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

A Gatwick Express spokesman said the train had been travelling to London Victoria from Gatwick Airport.

He added: ``The emergency services attended the scene at Wandsworth Common station and, despite their best efforts, they were unable to save him. We send our condolences to his family.

``We are co-operating fully with British Transport Police and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, who are investigating this incident.''

Recently Played Tracks

On Radio: Sian Welby

7pm - 10pm

Email the show

Text 82122

Sian Welby

Stay tuned...

Watch heart TV

  • Now playing: The best feel good music

Heart VIP


Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Shopping Our Advertisers

Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart 102.4 and 103.5

Advertise Advertise in Sussex

Get some great ideas on how to advertise your business on radio, online and on mobile.

Follow Heart on Twitter