Fatality on Leicestershire railway tracks leads to line being closed

by Emily Rooney

A person died after being hit by a train in Leicestershire last Friday (9TH OCT). 

East Midlands Railway (EMR), said that the unfortunate incident happened between Leicester and Market Harborough last Friday morning, on the route between Leicester and London St Pancras.  

British Transport Police (BTP) were called to the scene in Newton Harcourt, with a BTP spokesperson saying: “Officers were called to the line in Newton Harcourt at 11.22am this morning (October 9) following reports of a casualty on the tracks. 

“Paramedics also attended, however, sadly a person has been pronounced dead at the scene. 

“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.” 

Later on, around 1pm, EMR said: “The main route between Leicester and Kettering has now re-opened after a person was unfortunately hit by a train earlier. 

“We are working to restore our timetable however, this will take some time due to train and crew displacement.” 

EMR replaced any trains that would have been going between Leicester and Market Harborough with buses, and travellers were allowed to use tickets on alternative routes that went through Leicester and  joined their original journey at Kettering, past Market Harborough. 

This fatality occurred after two other deaths were reported at train lines in Leicestershire within 24 hours last month.  

One occurred at Loughborough train station on 10th September, and the other happened at Melton Mowbray train station on 11th September.  

Neither incidents were treated as suspicious, and at both, the trains going through the station were stopped while the incident was dealt with. 

Samaritans (116 123) are available 24 hours a day all year. If you don’t want to talk to someone on the phone, or would rather write down how you’re feeling, you can email Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org  

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