Body found on railway line at Accrington
AN investigation is underway after the body of a man was discovered underneath a bridge on a railway line.
Detectives from the British Transport Police are working to establish how long the man had been at the location, near to the junction of Penny House Lane and Queens Road, Accrington.
Emergency services were alerted to the body around 12.20pm on Saturday but there are suspicions it may have been there since the previous night.
Just after 2pm the body was recovered from the line by a Lancashire Fire and Rescue crews.
A British Transport Police spokesman said initially it was reported that the man may have been hit by a train. After further examination it is now believed he was not struck by a carriage. A file will be prepared for Blackburn coroner Michael Singleton.
The spokesman added: “The death is not being treated as suspicious. Paramedics also attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.”
An Annie Street resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I heard a train horn beeping last night quite late on. It’s sad for the man’s family, whatever has happened.”
Train services were affected on Saturday afternoon and early evening.
Several services were axed between Colne and Rishton, with the Blackpool South service starting at Blackburn.
And Blackpool North to York trains, which usually call at Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley Manchester Road, were being started at Hebden Bridge instead.
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