A former Skerton High School pupil has died after being hit by a train near Preston.
Amy Ford, who left the school last year and according to social media was living in Preston, was found by police officers on the railway line close to Lostock Hall station shortly after midnight on Saturday.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to the line after a report that a person had been struck by a train.
“Officers from BTP and Lancashire Police attended the incident alongside medics from the North West Ambulance Service and found a girl, believed to be 17 and from the local area, had been killed.
“The girl’s family has been informed and officers are providing them with support at this time.
“The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.
“The train involved was a freight service travelling to Preston and the incident was first reported to BTP at 00.04am.”
Preston coroners office confirmed that the incident had been reported to them.
Skerton High deputy head Lyndon Day said: “The governors, staff and pupils of Skerton Community High School are shocked and upset to hear of the tragic death of Amy.
“Our thoughts are with Amy’s family at this sad time.
“As is often the case with ex-Skerton pupils contact and support has been maintained for some time by a member of our inclusion team, so the news is very raw indeed.”