Commuters from Bamber Bridge railway station faced delays yesterday after a man was killed on the train tracks.
British Transport Police were called to the scene of the accident close to Bamber Bridge railway station around 11am on Thursday morning following reports the 9.50am Colne to Blackpool train had struck a 77-year-old man.
Lancashire Police and Lancashire Ambulance service attended the incident but the man, believed to be from the Bamber Bridge area, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP and Lancashire Police officers attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 11.03am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.
“Paramedics from North West Ambulance Service also attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Enquiries are ongoing and the man’s family has been informed.
“A file will be prepared for the Coroner.”
Trains travelling between Preston and Blackburn were disrupted and passengers travelling from the Bamber Bridge station on the Northern Rail service were delayed for around one hour and 15 minutes before the line re-opened at 12.10pm.
Alternative transport to Lostock Hall was arranged for some passengers.
British Transport Police said: “This fatality is the only one to happen in the past year at Bamber Bridge.”
According to Network Rail, 60 people are killed on the nation’s railways very year.
Much of the incidents involve eight – 16-year-olds but many accidents are adults who use the railway as a shortcut.