Casualty dies on railway tracks near West Bromwich

A man has died on railway tracks near to West Bromwich.

British Transport Police (BTP) said officers were called to the line on Tuesday morning after receiving reports of a casualty on the tracks.

Paramedics attended but the person was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident happened at 8.02am.

A spokesman for BTP said: "British Transport Police were called to the line near West Bromwich at 8.02am following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

"Paramedics also attended, however sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are working to identify the deceased and inform their next of kin.

"This incident is not being treated as suspicious."

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 8.04am to reports of an incident on the lines at the junction of Wigmore Lane and Ray Hall Lane, Great Barr, Birmingham.

"Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team and two Critical Care Cars from the Midlands Air Ambulance attended the scene.

"On arrival, we discovered one patient, a man.

"It immediately became clear that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

West Midlands Railway has warned passengers that services are likely to be cancelled or delayed, with the line closed while emergency services were on the scene.

The train operator tweeted: "Cancellations to services between Birmingham New Street and Walsall: Due to the emergency services dealing with an incident between Birmingham New Street and Walsall."

Disruption was expected to last until at least midday on Tuesday.

National Rail Enquiries advised passengers: "Tickets will be accepted on National Express West Midlands via any reasonable route.

"Replacement buses have been requested to run between Rugeley and Walsall. We will post further updates once more is known."

If you have been affected by this story you can call Samaritans free on 116 123 or visit samaritans.org

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