Tragedy as person dies after being hit by train on Wigan to Preston line

British Transport Police say they are currently working to identify the full circumstances behind their death

One person has sadly died after being hit by a train on the railway line between Wigan and Preston.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the incident in the early hours of this morning (July 21). All lanes between Wigan North Western and Preston were blocked for several hours resulting in some services being cancelled or delayed.

British Transport Police said they were called to the line near Wigan at 3.34am following reports of a casualty on the tracks. North West Ambulance Service also attended and the person was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

No further details have been released about the person’s identity. BTP officers say they are currently working to identify the full circumstances behind their death.

Several routes were affected, including the Avanti West Coast between London Euston and Lancaster, the Caledonian Sleeper between London Euston and Inverness, and the Northern service between Manchester Airport and Barrow-in-Furness.

Earlier today, a National Rail spokesperson said: “A person has been hit by a train between Wigan North Western and Preston. As all lines are currently blocked, trains may be cancelled or diverted until approximately 06:30.

In a Tweet update at 9.12am, they said: “Following the emergency services dealing with an incident between Preston and Wigan North Western the line has now reopened. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 15 minutes.”

A BTP spokesperson told LancsLive: “British Transport Police were called to the line near Wigan at 3.34am today (21 July) following reports of a casualty on the tracks. Paramedics also attended and sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officers are currently working to identify the full circumstances behind their death.”

By

Jon MacphersonChief Reporter
  • 09:48, 21 JUL 2022

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