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Woman hit and killed by Southeastern train near Birchington leading to delays on services from Broadstairs to St Pancras

By KentOnline reporter

A woman has died after being hit by a train at Birchington today.

The 68-year-old local woman was killed by the Southeastern service this morning.

Police were called to the railway line close to Dane Road at just after 5am and she was pronounced dead. The woman's family have been told.

Trains are being delayed and cancelled after a person was hit at Birchington. Library picture

A woman was hit by a train at Birchington. Library picture

Her death is not being treated as suspicious and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

Southeastern passengers were earlier delayed on trains between Ramsgate and Victoria as well as between Broadstairs and St Pancras.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "Our officers were called to the railway line close to Dane Road, Birchington-on-Sea, at 5.05am on Thursday, 28 August after a report that a person had been struck by a train. 

"Colleagues from Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended the incident, and a 68-year-old local woman was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"The incident is not currently being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner. The woman's family has been informed."

Tickets were being accepted on London Underground and high-speed services while Southeastern services were cancelled, revised or delayed by around an hour.

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