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Investigation into death on railway line

PUBLISHED: 18:57 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:11 12 July 2010

An investigation was launched yesterday (Wednesday) when a woman died after being struck by a passenger train at Attleborough railway station.

Cross country services suffered hours of disruption following the incident, which involved an East Midlands Trains service from Norwich to Liverpool.

An investigation was launched yesterday (Wednesday) when a woman died after being struck by a passenger train at Attleborough railway station.

Cross country services suffered hours of disruption following the incident, which involved an East Midlands Trains service from Norwich to Liverpool.

Emergency services were called to the incident at about 10.30am following the collision, which closed the rail line and the B1077 through Attleborough.

It is believed that the woman, who has not yet been named, was standing on the west bound platform at Attleborough station prior to the incident.

British Transport Police confirmed that they were treating the incident as “non-suspicious”.

The collision involved the 9.57am East Midlands Trains service from Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street. The line was suspended in both directions and buses replaced trains between Norwich, Thetford and Ely.

The rail line and B1077 were reopened at about midday, but East Midlands Trains and National Express East Anglia services were not permitted to stop at Attleborough until later in the afternoon.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “The BTP can confirm that a person has died after being struck by a train at Attleborough rail station on Wednesday August 12. The incident, which was reported to police at 10.22am, is being treated as non-suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

A spokeswoman for East Midlands Trains added: “At approximately 10.30am, the 09.57 East Midlands Trains service between Norwich and Liverpool was involved in an incident near Attleborough station in which a person was fatally injured. Our immediate thoughts are with the family of the person who has died. We are assisting police with their inquiries.”

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