THE person struck by a train between Swindon and Stroud early on Sunday evening has been identified as a 52-year-old man from Oxfordshire.

First Great Western reported severe delays and cancellations following the incident shortly before 5.30pm, with rail replacement buses being scrambled for stranded passengers between Swindon and Kemble.

The man was hit on a rural section of track near the village of Frampton Mansell, a short distance east of Stroud. It is not thought to be suspicious.

The British Transport Police was called at 5.19pm with reports of the incident, which involved a train travelling from Cheltenham to Swindon.

A coroner will open and adjourn an inquest into the death towards the end of this week.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “Paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service also attended and the body of a man was located. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The man has yet to be formally identified but is believed to have been a 52-year-old man from Oxfordshire. His family has been informed.

“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”