Train death causes delays

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A death on the railway tracks near Sheffield Meadowhall Interchange led to severe train delays on Saturday afternoon.

British Transport Police were called to the station at about 1pm after reports a man had been hit by a train.

The force later revealed the man was a 29-year-old from Rotherham, though he has not yet been formally named.

The exact circumstances of the death have not yet been revealed, but is it not being treated as suspicious.

The death led to long delays to rail services during the afternoon.

Some rail users reported delays of several hours while the tragedy was dealt with.

Trains which ran into Sheffield were terminated at Meadowhall Interchange instead of serving the city centre.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “Police have been called to Meadowhall Interchange in Sheffield after a death on the train tracks near the station.

“We were called to Meadowhall station in Sheffield shortly before 1pm on Saturday, February 14, after reports a person had been struck by a train.

“Colleagues from South Yorkshire Police and Yorkshire Ambulance Service also attended, but a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Officers are trying to identify the man, whose death is not being treated as suspicious, and inform his family.

“We are not treating the man’s death as suspicious, but we will prepare a file for the coroner.”

The Star’s readers left tributes on Facebook.

Lee Barton said: “RIP mate. Feel sorry for the guy, I really do, and feel sorry for the driver and the people on the platform with me that saw it. We will all have nightmares for a while, but none worse than his family, sleep tight mate.”

Lindsay Cutts said: “So sad for everyone involved especially the man’s family.”