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Train fatality causes chaos
A PERSON has been killed after being hit by a train at Wootton Bassett Junction early yesterday afternoon.
The accident occurred shortly after 12pm, prompting First Great Western to shut all the lines running through Swindon and scramble their replacement bus service.
Two land ambulances and one air ambulance were sent to the junction after the South Western Ambulance Service received the call at 12.31pm.
Paramedics attended but the person was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident is not being treated as suspicious by investigating officers.
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Officers from BTP and Wiltshire Police attended the railway line near to Wootton Basset Junction, after a report of a person being struck by a train.
“Medics from the South Western Ambulance Service also attended and a body was located.
“Officers are working to establish the person’s identity and make contact with members of their family.
“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”
The train involved was the 11.15am service from London Paddington to Cardiff Central.
The 11.30am service from London Paddington was delayed by more than two hours as a result.
Five stranded passengers were given a lift from Chippenham to Swindon by a controller from Swindon station after all the Swindon lines were shut.
Later trains from London to South Wales were diverted through Gloucester while the remaining passengers were offered transport on the replacement bus service.
All lines had been reopened two hours after the accident but trains travelling between Swindon and Bristol Parkway were delayed for at least 60 minutes.
Residual delays of up to half an hour on trains between Swindon and Chippenham continued until after 5pm.
First Great Western promised passengers with pre-booked tickets that if delays extended past 5.30pm they would be able to take any available train to get to their destination.
But they are not offering refunds for delays as the circumstances of the incident were out of their control.
A spokesman for First Great Western said: “Lines are now open and services are returning to normal.
“The line was cleared approximately two hours after the incident.
“From the moment incidents like this are reported to us there is a plan that we put in place.
“Within half an hour of it being reported replacement bus services were ordered to assist waiting passengers.
“Slowly but surely services will return to normal before the peak rush hour.”