NOTE: This content is old - Published: Monday, Oct 10th, 2016.
Police have confirmed a man died this evening after being struck by a train near Flint
It’s believed the train involved was the 16.18 Arriva Trains Wales Llandudno Junction to Chester service which had just left Flint station and was travelling through Oakenholt when the man was struck.
Officers from the British Transport Police and North Wales Police attended the incident, which was reported to them 5.05pm – it is currently being treated as non suspicious.[miptheme_quote author=”British Transport Police” style=”boxquote text-left”]We were called to the railway line near Flint station at 5.05pm on Monday following a report a person had been struck by a train. Our officers attended alongside colleagues from the ambulance service but, sadly, a man was pronounced dead at the scene. The death is not being treated as suspicious and officers are currently working to confirm his identity and inform next of kin.[/miptheme_quote]
Reports on social media talked of a large emergency services presence in the area and around Flint.
A spokesperson for the Welsh Ambulance Service said;
“We were called at about 5.15pm on Monday 10th October to reports of an incident on the railway line near Flint Station.
Two rapid response vehicles and an emergency ambulance attended the scene.”
The man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Following the incident National Rail reported:
“A person has been hit by a train between Chester and Flint, meaning the line between the stations is currently blocked. Buses are being organised to run between the stations, though there is currently no estimate as to when they will be made available. Journey times between Chester and Llandudno may be delayed by up to 60 minutes. There is currently no estimate for when the line will reopen; however when it does, trains may still be delayed until approximately 19:00, due to trains and train crew being out of position.”
Emma who was travelling on the train from Flint to Chester said in a Facebook post she ‘felt a bang’ just before the train came to a stop, she also posted a picture of police walking alongside the train.
“The driver is shaken up but ok, feel sorry for him seeing them at last second!! All trains in both directions have been stopped”
Lines remained closed for around 2.5 hours reopening at around 7.30pm with the first train heading to Chester seen leaving Shotton just after 7.30pm