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Rail services return to normal after man hit by train in Black Country

By Harry Leather | Sandwell | News | Published:

A man has died after being hit by a train in the Black Country.

Emergency services outside Sandwell & Dudley train station on Thursday morning. Photo: @SnapperSK

The man was pronounced dead at the scene near Sandwell and Dudley train station after he was struck at around 7am today.

The death, which is not being treated as suspicious, meant the Wolverhampton to Birmingham New Street line was blocked throughout rush hour.

All lines reopened at around 10am but disruption continued until around 11.30am.

Police officers and ambulance crews rushed to the scene at the Bromford Road station after being called at 7.08am.

Police cars and ambulances next to the station car park. Photo: @SnapperSK

A West Midlands Ambulance spokesman said: "An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene after a call at around 7.10am.

"The train had stopped about half a mile down the line towards Birmingham.

"Ambulance staff worked with British Transport Police officers at the scene.

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"Unfortunately, it was immediately obvious that nothing could be done to help the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

A British Transport Police spokesman said officers were working to identify the person and inform their family.

They confirmed the incident was not being treated as suspicious and said a file was being prepared for the coroner.

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No trains were running through Sandwell and Dudley until shortly before 10am as a result.

Delays continued until around 11.30am but services are now able to run normally again, according to National Rail.

Some services were rerouted through Bescot Station during the disruption, while tickets were accepted on Midland Metro trams and National Express West Midlands buses.

Arriva Trains Wales were also accepting tickets between Birmingham and Shrewsbury.

Train services affected included:

  • West Midlands Railway between Walsall and Crewe, between Wolverhampton and Coventry/Four Oaks, and between Birmingham New Street and Shrewsbury/Liverpool Lime Street
  • Virgin Trains between London Euston and Shrewsbury/Manchester Piccadilly /Glasgow Central /Edinburgh
  • Arriva Trains Wales between Birmingham International and Aberystwyth/Crewe/Llandudno Junction
  • London Northwestern Railway between London Euston and Crewe
  • CrossCountry between Southampton Central/Cardiff Central /Bristol Temple Meads and Manchester Piccadilly
Harry Leather

By Harry Leather
Digital Journalist - @hleather_star

Digital journalist covering breaking news across the region from the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton.

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