Man dies after being hit by train

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A man has died after being hit by a train on the East Coast mainline near Killingworth.

Emergency services were called to the scene just after 11am today (Tuesday) following reports of the incident.

The man, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Passengers using the East Coast line between Newcastle and Morpeth faced delays of up to an hour while investigations took place at the scene.

A spokesperson for the British Transport Police said: “BTP officers were called to the line near Killingworth on Tuesday, June 11, following a report that a man had been struck by a train.

“Officers attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 11.05am, and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“Medics from North East 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.”