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Person pronounced dead after police called to incident on railway line

A person has died in an incident on the tracks of a railway line on the north Shropshire border, police have confirmed.

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British Transport Police was called to Weston Rhyn at 6am on Thursday to a report of a casualty on the tracks of the route between Gobowen and Chirk.

A spokesperson for the British Transport Police said: “British Transport Police received a report at 6am today of a casualty on the tracks near Weston Rhyn.

“Paramedics and fire also attended however sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is not thought to be suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

West Mercia Police said officers closed the road through Weston Rhyn at 6.45am on Thursday but it has since reopened.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said the road was closed between the Gledrid roundabout, north of Oswestry and Palmantmawr.

Railway services have also been affected.

A spokesperson for Transport for Wales said: "Due to emergency services attending an incident between Gobowen and Chirk, train services between Shrewsbury and Chester are currently being diverted or replaced by replacement road transport."

Major delays have been flagged on the TfW website for the Cardiff - Shrewsbury and Shrewsbury - Birmingham routes. A bus replacement service has been arranged for the Shrewsbury - Chester route.

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