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Police continue train death probe

Police at the bridge on Blackpool Road in Ansdell where a person was hit and killed by a train.

Police at the bridge on Blackpool Road in Ansdell where a person was hit and killed by a train.

Detectives investigating a fatal rail collision in Ansdell say they are keeping an open mind about how a person ended up on the tracks.

Police are still working to formally identify the person who died after being hit by a Northern Rail train shortly after noon on Wednesday but say they believe it was a man from Lytham.

However, a formal identification has not yet been possible.

The incident took place between Ansdell and Fairhaven station and Lytham station.

The death is being treated as unexplained and detectives say their investigation is focusing on how the person came to be on the rail line.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “We still believe the deceased was a man from Lytham but we are working on a formal ID.

“The incident is still being treated as unexplained and we are keeping an open mind at this stage.”

Trains between Blackpool South and Preston were stopped for around four hours on Wednesday while forensics experts examined the site of the collision.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene at 12.15pm but the casualty was pronounced dead at the 
scene.

Officers cordoned off Ansdell and Fairhaven station while investigations took place.

There was also a police presence on Blackpool Road, close to the site of the collision were the track runs alongside Witch Wood.

 
 
 

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