The 60-year-old passenger is dead on a train for five hours after a heart attack from Manchester to the terminus in Bournemouth, 250 miles away
- A passenger suffered a heart attack on a train from Manchester to Bournemouth
- The 60-year-old man was discovered by a train cleaner more than five hours later
- According to the corona virus rules, train employees are not allowed to interact with passengers
- Here's how you can help people affected by Covid-19
A passenger who suffered a heart attack on an intercity train from Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth sat dead more than five hours before he was discovered.
The 60-year-old man got on the 18:27 cross country train at the start of his journey and was due to disembark in Stockport eight minutes later, but remained in place 250 miles until the last stop on Saturday.
Train personnel are no longer allowed to interact with passengers during train journeys as restrictions have been introduced to limit the spread of the corona virus. This means that the man was only found by cleaning staff at the Bournemouth depot.
A passenger died of a heart attack on a train after leaving Manchester Piccadilly station
The cross-country train travels 250 miles over 18 stops and more than five hours
A source told The Sun: “Due to the Covid 19 outbreak, the conductors were ordered not to interact with passengers.
"They don't go through carriages to check tickets and make sure everyone is doing well, as they normally do.
“Your only job is to send trains safely. They spend the rest of the trip in the back of their office.
"This poor guy was dead on the train five hours before his discovery, which is heartbreaking in a civilized society."
The intercity train departed from Manchester Piccadilly station at 6:27 p.m.
The body was discovered at Bournemouth Station no longer than five hours, 250 miles away
The new policy also resulted in an elderly passenger suffering from dementia traveling from Birmingham New Street to Exeter in two hours and 30 minutes, missing their stopover, and landing in Plymouth more than an hour away.