BERLIN Dec 23 A 65-year-old man thought to be
sleeping while sitting upright on a Berlin underground train as
it cross-crossed the German capital was actually dead, police
said on Sunday.
"It's tragic," a Berlin police spokeswoman said. "We don't
know how long he was sitting dead on the train nor do we know
the exact cause of death yet. There are no indications of foul
play. He seems to have died of natural causes."
The man was found in the U-8 underground train line that
runs all night at the Weinmeisterstrasse station at 5:45 a.m.
when a rail worker tried wake the man up by gently shaking him.
Medics were called in but could only pronounce the man dead.
A preliminary investigation showed no indications of the man
being murdered. A more detailed autopsy is planned for Monday.
(Reporting By Erik Kirschbaum; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)