A MAN in his fifties has died after being hit by a train near York.

The man - a 52-year-old from York who has not yet been named - was struck by the train just after 12.30pm today at Earfit Lane in Copmanthorpe.  

Police and the ambulance service attended the scene of the incident but the man was declared dead at the scene. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

There were disruptions to service which have since returned to normal.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “BTP were called to an incident near Earfit Lane in Copmanthorpe, York, after receiving reports that an elderly man had been struck by a train.

“The incident was reported to BTP at 12.41. North Yorkshire Police and medics from the Ambulance Service also attended, but the man was declared dead at the scene.
“At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious, and officers are now working to identify the man and the exact circumstances of his death.
“Once these enquiries are complete a file will be prepared for the coroner.

“The train involved was the 11.35 Newcastle to Southampton service."

The man was initially described by police as being elderly but his age has since been clarified by BTP.