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Man dies after being hit by train at Penkridge station

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A man has died after being hit by a train between Wolverhampton and Stafford, halting all services between the stations for two hours.

Lines north of Wolverhampton were blocked after the man was struck at Penkridge railway station at 12.45pm. The man's identity is not yet known and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

The incident caused substantial disruption in the region, with trains delayed by up to an hour until around 3pm. London Midland said services would be delayed, revised or cancelled for the rest of the day.

Rail replacement buses were organised and tickets for trains affected by the blockage were being accepted on alternative services.

A British Transport Police spokesperson said: "The man's identity is yet to be confirmed and at this stage, there would appear to be no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

"Officers are currently at the station making enquiries and a full report will be prepared for the Coroner."

The journey between Wolverhampton and Stafford normally takes between 11 and 16 minutes, with CrossCountry, London Midland and Virgin Trains all operating on the route.

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