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Person dies after they are struck by train

British Transport Police have urged witnesses to contact them.
British Transport Police have urged witnesses to contact them.

One person has died after they were struck by a train.

Emergency services rushed to the East Coast mainline between Washington and Chester-le-Street only to discover that the person, whose identity has still to be revealed, was dead.

There was "significant disruption" to services following the incident at 7.43pm on Saturday.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "We are working to identify the person and inform their family. However this incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

"If you witnessed this incident, please call 0800 405040 so we can provide you with the appropriate support."