A man’s body has been found on the railway line between Preston and Lancaster after he was hit by a train.
Emergency teams were called to Parkhead Lane, Barnacre, Garstang, near Preston, at around 1.55pm today.
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) sent an ambulance, advance paramedics and a bronze officer to the scene, but were unable to find anybody.
Firefighters said they received a call from NWAS saying they had a report from a train driver of a possible impact with someone on the tracks.
A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue service said: “A train driver radioed in and said he was fearful he had hit someone on the tracks.
“Paramedics were already at the scene and we joined with police in searching up and down the line.
“Sadly they have found a body.”
A spokesman for British Transport Police said the man was killed by a freight train.
He said: “We got a call to Bruna Hill after reports that someone had been hit by a train. We found a man had been hit and killed by a train.
“It is being treated as non-suspicious.
“We are now in the process of trying to identify him at the moment and will then look to inform his family.”
National Rail said a person had been hit by a train and that buses were replacing trains between Preston and Lancaster until around 4.30pm.
It said journey times on the London Euston to Glasgow Central service were being extended by up to an hour.
For more information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/58731.aspx