Man hit by Sunderland to London train

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A MAN died after he was struck by a train as it headed out of Sunderland.

Services in both directions were brought to a halt this afternoon after the Grand Central train to London hit the man at 12.55pm on the stretch of track at Grangetown.

He has not yet been identified, but British Transport Police (BTP) has said the death is not suspicious.

Services were able to resume just before 1.50pm.

A BTP spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to the railway line in Grangetown, Sunderland, following a report of a man being struck by a train.

“BTP and Northumbria Police officers attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 12.55pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“North East Ambulance Service also attended the incident, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Inquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the man and inform his family.

“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”