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4pm UPDATE: Man's Crosby railway line death treated as unexplained, say police


4pm Update

THE death of a man whose body was found on railway tracks near Crosby is being treated as unexplained.

British Transport Police said they do not believe any third party was involved in the incident, which was reported just after 9.05am today.

Officers were called after a body was spotted on the line between Waterloo and Blundellsands stations and trains were suspended for several hours, leaving passengers stranded.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "Officers from BTP and Merseyside Police attended the incident, which is currently being treated as unexplained, though officers do not believe any third party was involved. 

“Medics from North West Ambulance Service also attended, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene, with injuries consistent with being hit by a train.

“Officers are working to establish how the man came to be on the tracks.

“Enquiries are also ongoing to establish his identity and inform his family.”

Police said a file would be prepared for Sefton coroner Christopher Sumner.

1.30pm update

TRAINS between Southport and Liverpool are set to resume after a body was found on a railway line this morning.

British Transport Police were called just after 9.05am today when a man's body was found between Waterloo and Blundellsands stations.

Trains were suspended between Southport and Hunts Cross while forensic teams probed the area for clues.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said officers were working to establish how the body came to be on the track.

He added: "Medics from North West Ambulance Service also attended, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officers are working to establish the full circumstances, including how the man came to be on the tracks.

“Enquiries are also ongoing to establish his identity and inform his family.

"A file will be prepared for the coroner."

Merseyrail said services on its Northern line were due to resume early this afternoon.

12pm story

COMMUTERS faced chaos this morning as investigations continued into the death of a man on Merseyrail's Northern Line.

The 8.13am service from Southport came to a standstill between Waterloo and Seaforth stations after the driver spotted a body on the line.

Merseyrail said a man was hit by a train at around 8.45am - but British Transport Police said they weren't able to confirm this.

But police took business cards and contact details from 300 passengers on board the service, who were evacuated to a second train after a two-hour standstill.

The original train was kept at what police told passengers was a "crime scene".

Rail replacement buses were put in operation between Hall Road and Sandhills this morning, with delays expected well into the afternoon.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesperson did not rule out that the death was suspicious.

She said: "BTP officers were called to the line close to Waterloo station, Liverpool, following a report of a man’s body on the line.

“Officers from BTP and Merseyside Police attended the incident, which was reported to police at 9.06am. “Medics from North West Ambulance Service also attended, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officers are working to establish the full circumstances, including how the man came to be on the tracks. “Enquiries are also ongoing to establish his identity and inform his family.

A file will be prepared for the coroner.

Merseyrail apologised for the delays.

A spokesman said at midday: "Due to a person being struck by a train in the Crosby area, services towards Southport are currently suspended.

"A rail replacement bus service is now in operation running between Sandhills and Hall Road.

"A rail shuttle service will run between Liverpool Central and Hunts Cross." 

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