An 89-year-old local man has been killed after being struck by a train on the railway line between Chester and Wrexham this morning (Monday, April 4).
The incident, which was reported about 5.40am, happened close to the Balderton level crossing, near Chester, affecting services operated by Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains on the section between Wrexham General and Chester stations.
British Transport Police spokeswoman Hilary Bowyer confirmed the incident had led to a male fatality close to the level crossing where Lache Lane passes over the line.
She said in a statement: “We were called to Balderton crossing near Lache Lane in Marlston cum Lache, Chester, at 5.38am on Monday, 4 April following reports of a person being struck by a train.
“Officers attended and sadly a man’s body was found on the tracks. Officers are currently working to formally identify the deceased, who we believe to be an 89-year-old local man.
“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”
Arriva Trains Wales said the incident involved its 5.30am service between Chester and Birmingham International stations.
The line reopened just before 8am although Arriva Trains Wales spokesman Eryl Jones said there would be 'inevitable delays' as a result of the knock-on effect.
Police closed Lache Lane following the incident, either side of the level crossing, but it was reopened about 8.30am. North West Ambulance Service attended the scene.