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Man killed after stepping onto railway track.

A MIDDLE-AGED man was killed after being hit by a train near a Northumberland town, causing far-reaching knock-on travel delays.

The 50-year-old man was struck after stepping onto the tracks near a level crossing in Dudley, near Cramlington, at around 9.20am yesterday. Police and paramedics attended but the man, who lived in Cramlington, was pronounced dead at the scene. His death is not being treated as suspicious and British Transport Police The British Transport Police (BTP) is a special police force[1] empowered to police those railways and light-rail systems in Great Britain for which it has entered into an agreement to provide such services.  (BTP (Business Transaction Protocol) An XML-based protocol from OASIS that adds the type of validation to transactions in a Web services environment that are normally performed by the two-phase commit within an enterprise. ) were last night attempting to identify him and inform next of kin The blood relatives entitled by law to inherit the property of a person who dies without leaving a valid will, although the term is sometimes interpreted to include a relationship existing by reason of marriage. Cross-references

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A spokesman for BTP said: "We can confirm that a 50-year-old man from Cramlington died after being struck by a train near a level crossing in Dudley, Cramlington on Monday, 29 March.

"BTP officers attended the scene together with paramedics and officers from Northumbria Police Northumbria Police is the Home Office police force responsible for policing the areas of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear in England. The service is the sixth largest police constabulary in England or Wales. As of April 2005, the current Chief Constable is Mike Craik. .

"The incident was reported to police at 9.21am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

"Officers will be working to formally identify the deceased, notify next of kin and a file will be prepared for the coroner."

The line was handed back to Network Rail 9.41am. The train operator said delays of up to one hour would affect services across the North East and as far away as Scotland.

There were hold-ups throughout services connecting Morpeth, Cramlington, Newcastle, Durham, Darlington, York, the Metrocentre, Hexham, Alnmouth, Widdrington, Edinburgh, Dunbar and Berwick.

A replacement bus service was mobilised between Morpeth and Newcastle but normal services were restored at around 11am.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 30, 2010
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