Page last updated at 17:44 GMT, Thursday, 23 October 2008 18:44 UK

Body on line brings rail delays

Train stopped at Llandaff railway station
The station was closed during the operation to recover the body

Rail passengers faced delays and disruption after a train driver reported seeing a body on the line within yards of a station platform.

Passengers disembarked from an Arriva Trains Wales service after the discovery at Llandaf station in Cardiff shortly after 0830 BST.

It is thought the body had been struck by an earlier train.

British Transport Police re-opened the line on Thursday afternoon but the rail firm warned of some residual delays.

British Transport Police said they were treating the death as unexplained and the area as a crime scene.

The train was halted at the station and passengers continued by bus.

An Arriva Trains Wales spokeswoman said the body did not appear to have been struck by the train driven by the person who reported it.

Night-shift worker Terence Beecham, 35, said he had not long returned to his home in Station Road when he heard the sirens of emergency vehicles arriving at the railway station.

He said: "I thought that was a bit strange. Then when I looked out I could see the passengers had got off and were going by bus."

Train stopped at Llandaff railway station
The emergency services recovered the body from just outside the station

He said BTP officers were stationed in a road running alongside the station from where the body could be clearly seen by passers-by.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said: "We received a report at 8.30am today that a person had been struck by a train in the Llandaff area of south Wales.

"Police and paramedics attended and the person was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We are investigating the death which is being treated as unexplained at this stage."

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP on 0800 405040


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