Rail disruptions after person hit by train

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There are currently severe rail disruptions after a person was hit by a train south of Lancaster this morning.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to the line near Five Ashes Lane in Lancaster on Thursday, September 5 after a report that a person had been struck by a train.

“The incident was reported to BTP at 9.50am and was also attended by Lancashire Constabulary officers.

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

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the person and inform their family.

“The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

A Virgin Trains spokesman said the person was hit by a train on the line at Oubeck, south of Lancaster.

“At the moment, the line is shut in both directions and trains aren’t able to run between Preston and Lancaster,” the spokesman said.

A Network Rail spokesman said services were expected to be back to normal within the hour.

No trains are currently stationary on the track.

The incident involved the 07.37 Glasgow to Euston service.

The 07.30 London Euston to Glasgow service will terminate at Preston, Virgin Trains said.

Coaches have been ordered to take customers between Lancaster and Preston.

Additional train services will run from Preston to London Euston and between Oxenholme and Glasgow.

A further service will run from Lancaster to Glasgow at 11.09.