Man killed on rail track is named

The railway line near Parkhead Lane, Barnacre
The railway line near Parkhead Lane, Barnacre

The man whose body was found on the railway line between Preston and Lancaster after he was hit by a train has been named as Antony Goodier, 70, of Winmarleigh, near Garstang.

A British Transport Police spokesman said a file was being prepared for the coroner and the death was not viewed as suspicious.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

Emergency teams were called to Bruna Hill in Barnacre, Garstang, near Preston, at around 1.55pm last Wednesday (September 25).

North West Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and advance paramedics to the scene, but were unable to find anybody.

Firefighters received a call from NWAS saying they had a report from a train driver of a possible impact with someone on the tracks.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue service said: “A train driver radioed in and said he was fearful he had hit someone on the tracks.

“Paramedics were already at the scene and we joined with police in searching up and down the line.

“Sadly they found a man’s body.”

The man’s body was found near to Parkhead Lane, Barnacre, by the M6, at around 3pm that day.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said the man was killed by a freight train.

He said: “We got a call to Bruna Hill after reports that someone had been hit by a train. We found a man had sadly been hit and killed by a train.”

The incident caused disruption for commuters on the London Euston to Glasgow Central train service.

National Rail said buses replaced trains between Preston and Lancaster

It said journey times were extended by up to an hour.

Passengers were advised to use East Coast services between London Kings Cross and Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh, and Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Carlisle.