Rail death horror causes huge rush-hour disruption


displaymediaBy Rory Reynolds

A HORROR rail death caused huge disruption on a busy intercity route when a man was struck by a speeding train.

The 22-year-old, who hasn’t been named, was hit on the line between Markinch station in Fife and Edinburgh.

The route was closed for two hours on Monday after the incident which happened just 800 yards from the busy platform.

The 18:46 Dundee to Edinburgh service was halted on the tracks until 21:15 while police and fire crews attempted to find the body.

Fife Fire and Rescue said they had to use thermal imaging equipment to find the body after it was hit by the packed train.

Police said the man was from the local area.The train driver was offered counselling by ScotRail after the incident near Glenrothes occurred.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “We received reports that a person had been struck by a train after a call from the driver on the 18:46 Dundee to Edinburgh.

“British Transport Police officers attended the scene alongside colleagues from Fife Fire and Fife Police.

“A 22-year-old local man was struck by the train at 19:15, 800-yards from the platform at Markinch station.

“The incident is being treated as non-suspicious and a report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

ScotRail confirmed that the route reopened at 9.15pm after two hours of disruption.

A ScotRail spokesperson added: “We have procedures in place to support our staff following incidents such as this.”

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