Person hit by freight train near Lancaster

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Trains have been cancelled between Lancaster and Preston after a man was hit by a freight train.

British Transport Police and emergency services were called to the scene at Bruna Hill, near Garstang, just after 1.30pm after receiving a call from the train driver.

Replacement coaches have been laid on by Virgin Trains to transport people to their destinations.

A Windermere to Manchester Airport train which was on the line at the time has been brought back to Lancaster.

This is the second incident of its kind this month – a man was killed after being hit by a train at Oubeck, south of Lancaster, on September 5.

A BTP spokesperson said: “BTP officers were called to the line near Bruna Hill, Preston, following a report that a man had been struck by a train.

“Officers from BTP and Lancashire Constabulary attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 1.52pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“Medics from North West Ambulance Service also attended, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the man’s identity and inform his family.

“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”