Police continue to investigate horror death on the railway tracks at Wigan

Police are continuing to investigate a death on the railway at Wigan.
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Officers have declined to disclose further details of the early hours collision between a person and a train on the West Coast Mainline at a notorious suicide spot close to the Spencer Road bridge at Whitley.

A picture posted on Swinley, Whitley and Whelley Community Group’s Facebook page showed that a number of police vehicles descended on Walter Scott Avenue after the collision on Thursday July 21 and was still there many hours later.

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No details of the casualty have been released, including their gender.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said that investigations into the circumstances of the tragedy were ongoing and that no further statement was imminent.

An initial statement read: “British Transport Police were called to the line near Wigan at 3.34am on July 21 following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

“Paramedics also attended and sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene."

Rail services were disrupted for several hours after the incident.

If you’ve been affected by what happened on the network today, there is always someone to talk to. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 from any phone for a confidential chat.

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