Tragedy as person dies on train tracks in Darlington


A person was found dead on the railway line between a major northeast axis.

Emergency crews were called to the scene on the line in Darlington from around 2am this morning (July 8). Police were present, as well as paramedics who unfortunately found the person dead at the scene.

The incident led to rail closures on the rail between Darlington and Newcastle and the disruption is expected to last until 2pm today.

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Services affected by the rail line closures include CrossCountry, LNER, Lumo between Edinburgh and London Kings Cross, Northern between Carlisle and Saltburn and TransPennine Express between Newcastle and York/Liverpool Lime Street.

A National Rail spokesperson said: “Emergency services are dealing with an incident between Newcastle and Darlington and as a result all lines are closed.

“Trains passing through these stations may be canceled or revised.

“Major disruptions are expected until 2 p.m..”

Inquiries are currently underway to identify the deceased and the full circumstances of his death are currently unknown.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman has confirmed that a victim was found on the Line’s tracks in Darlington and is sadly dead.

She said: “Officers were called to the line in Darlington at 2am following reports of an injury on the tracks. Paramedics were also present but unfortunately one person was declared dead at the scene.

“Officers are currently working to identify the person and establish the full circumstances of his death.”

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