Young man killed on railway line

THE body of an 18-year-old man has been recovered from the railway line in Walsden.

The man, believed to be from Clitheroe in Lancashire, was hit by a train at 3.20pm on Friday - although British Transport Police (BTP) have said that the incident is currently being treated as “non-suspicious”.

A BTP spokesman said: “We were called to the line close to Walsden railway station on Friday, June 17, following the report of a man being struck by a train.

“BTP and West Yorkshire Police officers attended the incident, which was reported to police at 3.20pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“Paramedics from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service also attended but the man, believed to be 18-years-old and from Clitheroe, was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Replacement bus services were put on for passengers travelling between Walsden and Todmorden after the incident, which involved the 2.48pm Manchester Victoria to Selby service, and normal service was resumed from 5.43pm.

West Yorkshire Police said: “At 3.20pm on Friday, the driver of a Northern Rail service reported having struck a person in the area of Walsden train station near Todmorden.

“BTP, together with colleagues from West Yorkshire Police, and the ambulance service, attended the scene. A person was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.”

A file will be prepared for the coroner.

Anyone with further information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 405040.