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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 (BTP) were last night attempting to identify him and inform next of kin.

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.

"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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