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Delays on South Devon railway line after man struck by train

By Jon_Bayley  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

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Commuters in South Devon are faced travel disruption this afternoon after a man was hit by a train.

The railway line between Dawlish Warren and Dawlish was blocked after the man was struck at around 3:20pm.

A tweet from First Great Western read: "Services are currently being disrupted between Exeter and Newton Abbot/Plymouth."

A statement on their website says: "We are currently experiencing disruption to services in the West of England due to a person being hit by a train in the Dawlish area.

"Services are now able to operate between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot, however, some delays and short notice alterations may still be experienced."

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP officers were called to Dawlish Warren rail station today following a report of a man being struck by a train.

“Officers from BTP and Devon and Cornwall Police attended the incident, which was reported to police at 3.21pm, and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“Medics from the South Western Ambulance Service also attended, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

"A file will be prepared for the Coroner.”

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