Man dies after being hit by train at Newton Flotman

A man has died after being hit by a train 200m from the level crossing at Newton Flotman.

Between 7.40am and 8.30am the 7.40am Norwich to London Liverpool Street train hit a man walking 200m south from the level crossing at Church Road, Newton Flotman, south of Norwich.

British Transport Police are working to identify the man.

It is not yet known why the incident occurred so far from the crossing point.

At 9.50am a National Express East Anglia (NXEA) spokesman said: 'Following a report that the 07.40 service from Norwich to Liverpool Street has struck a person in the Flordon area, a bus replacement service will operate between Diss and Norwich until further notice.

'We apologise for any inconvenience caused.'

It later transpired that the man was hit at a level crossing at Newton Flotman, which is near to Flordon.

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A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: 'We were called to the lines close to Newton Flotman level crossing, Greenways, following the report of a train striking a person.

'Officers from BTP and Norfolk Police attended the incident which was reported at 8.30am and recovered the body of a man.

'Paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service also attended but the man, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

'Officers are currently working to formally identify the man and inform his next of kin.

'The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.'

NXEA said the rail lines were reopen and trains on the move at 10.15am.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman has confirmed reports of the death of a man at the Newton Flotman level crossing.

The spokesman said: 'The East of England Ambulance Service were alerted to the level crossing at Newton Flotman at 8.43am.

'Following a rapid scene assessment by the ambulance crews, a person was pronounced dead at the scene.'

They advise contacting British Transport Police if you think you may have relevant information or may know the man.

British Transport Police are on 0800 40 50 40.

A further update will follow shortly.

• Were you on the train to London? Call Joe Wilkes on 01603 772 439 or email joe.wilkes@archant.co.uk.

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