Person dies after being hit by train near Lancaster as services suspended


One person has sadly died after being hit by a train in Lancaster.

Earlier today (October 4), emergency services rushed to the scene of Hest Bank to report a casualty. Transport police and paramedics arrived at the scene around 1:43 p.m. this afternoon.

Upon arrival, British Transport Police said the person on the trail had been pronounced dead at the scene. Officers said they were working to positively identify the individual.

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Emergency services also worked to notify the victim’s family. Transport police have confirmed that the death is not being considered suspicious.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: ‘Officers were called to the line at Hest Bank at 1.42pm today (4 October) following reports of an injury on the ways.

“Paramedics were also present but unfortunately one person was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are working to identify the person and notify his family. The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Due to the fatal incident, all routes between Lancaster and Carlisle have been cancelled. Passengers were informed that services would be canceled or delayed for up to 120 minutes.

Northern Rail expected the delays to last until 6 p.m., but further rail replacements were required by the service. Rail services were unable to run between Lancaster and Barrow, Lancaster and Oxenholme and Lancaster to Skipton.

Services at Manchester Airport have also been affected. All lines have since been reopened but delays are still to be expected.

Traffic monitoring website Inrix says: “Delays of up to 60 minutes and some cancellations on Avanti West Coast and Transpennine Express between Lancaster and Carlisle, Northern service between Lancaster and Oxenholme Lake District and between Lancaster and Carnforth due emergency services dealing with a previous incident .

“All lines have reopened and services are returning to normal, but some trains may still be delayed or cancelled. This is affecting services on the West Coast Main Line.”

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