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Person dies on rail track at Needham Market

PUBLISHED: 13:37 10 July 2018

The rail crossing at Gypsy Lane where someone has died after being struck by a train. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

The rail crossing at Gypsy Lane where someone has died after being struck by a train. Picture: GOOGLE MAPS

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A person has died on the rail track at Needham Market this morning ... the third incident of its kind in just over a month.

Police and the emergency services were called to the site near Gypsy Lane at 10.50am to reports that someone had jumped in front of a train.

Greater Anglia said that due to a person being hit by a train between Ipswich and Stowmarket services between Ipswich and Cambridge, Ipswich and Peterborough and mainline services between Ipswich and Norwich have been disrupted with no trains running at all.

The company is endeavouring to introduce bus services to ensure passengers get to their destinations.

A spokeswoman said: “Nothing is running on the track at the moment and we are trying to get buses in to get round the area that is blocked.”

She added that it was the 10am passenger train from Norwich to Liverpool Street which struck the person and that the 9.50am service from Peterborough to Ipswich terminated at Bury St Edmunds.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for British Transport Police said: “Officers were called to Gypsy level crossing, Needham Market, at 10.48am today after a report that a person had been struck by a train.

“Colleagues from the ambulance service also attended, however, sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officers are now working to identify the person and inform their family. This incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

A passenger Tweeted to say they were stuck on the 10am Norwich to London train due to an “operational incident” between Diss and Stowmarket.

They added: “My thoughts are with the train crew if this is what I think it is.”

The line evenutally re-opened at 1.05pm.

A person died after being struck by a train at Stowmarket, at 11.25am on Friday, June 29, with services delayed by up to three hours.

And on Thursday, June 7, another person was killed after being struck by a train in nearby Needham Market. The incident happened at around 12.45pm.

And back in August 2011 former actress Olive McFarland, 82, was killed by a Norwich-bound train at the Gypsy Lane crossing.

She had tried to run across the tracks when she became aware of the London Liverpool Street to Norwich service, but had been struck just before she made it to the other side.

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