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Rail delays after person dies after being hit by train between Dartford and Strood

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A man has died after being hit by a train this morning.

The incident occurred just after 6am at Gravesend and services between Dartford and Strood were cancelled.

A Southeastern train. Stock picture
A Southeastern train. Stock picture

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: "Officers were called to Gravesend station at 6.22am this morning following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

"Paramedics also attended however sadly the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Officers are working to identify the person and establish the full circumstances behind their death."

The spokesman confirmed a man in his 60s had died.

They added a file will be prepared for the coroner.

Train operator Southeastern warned commuters there were delays in the area.

A spokesman added: "We have sadly been advised of a person being hit by a train between Dartford and Strood. Services are disrupted in the area and may be cancelled or altered at short notice."

Trains were unable to run between Northfleet and Gravesend, or between Ebbsfleet and Strood.

Emergency services were still on the site at around 9am and the line was expected to open by 10am once their investigations are complete.

At 9.50am Southeastern confirmed the line between Gravesend and Strood had reopened in both directions and their services were now running again.

They warned there may still be some disruption as they work to get the trains back on time.

At 8.15am, it tweeted to say technicians were checking the train involved and it would shortly be moved back to Gravesend.

It added: "The line between Gravesend and Strood remains blocked for the police to continue their investigations."

Tickets are being accepted on some buses in the area.

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