Woman killed on Chorley rail line

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A woman was killed after being struck by a train near a Chorley station.

The woman, who has not yet been identified, was hit close to Euxton Balshaw Lane at around 8.12pm last night.

Rail services were affected with five trains cancelled and services delayed for the rest of the evening.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “BTP officers were called to the line close to Euxton Balshaw Lane station on Tuesday, August 14 after a report that a woman had been struck by a train.

“Officers from BTP attended the incident, which was reported to police at 8.12pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“Paramedics from the North West Ambulance service also attended but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Enquiries are ongoing to determine the woman’s identity and inform her family.

“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We were informed at 8.20pm by the driver of a freight train travelling from Shieldmoor to Warrington that he had struck a person in the Balshaw Lane area.

“Rail services were stopped and emergency services were called to the scene.

“Trains coming from Chorley and services running along the West Coast Main Line were affected, with some trains being able to run around 30 minutes later.

“For the rest of the day there was some disruption.”