Man dies after being hit by train at Ketton crossing

Police at Aldgate level crossing, Ketton. 'Photo: MSMP150114-027ow
Police at Aldgate level crossing, Ketton. 'Photo: MSMP150114-027ow

Police are investigating the death of a 79-year-old man who was hit by a freight train.

The incident happened on a pedestrian crossing near the traffic crossing in Station Road, on the outskirts of Ketton, just after 4pm yesterday (Wednesday).

Emergency services were called but the man, who has not yet been named, was pronounced dead at the scene. The man is from the local area and it is thought he was walking his dog.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Officers were called to Station Road crossing, Ketton, on Wednesday, January 15 following a report that a man had been hit by a train.

“The incident was reported at 4.15pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“Medics from East Midlands Ambulance Service also attended the incident, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The man’s family have been informed and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Trains were delayed while the tracks were cleared and the crossing was closed to road traffic and pedestrians for several hours.

The freight train was operated by DB Schenker and was returning empty Castle Cement carriages to the Hanson Cement plant in Ketton from London King’s Cross.

A spokesman for Hanson Cement said: “We would like to extend our sympathies to the man’s family. The news has come as a real shock to us all.”