Newcastle to Carlisle train hits tree

Passengers are facing disruption after a train hit a tree which had fallen on the line near Gateshead.

British Transport Police said a man was felling trees on land in Ryton when one hit him then fell on to the track at midday. He suffered spinal injuries.

About 20 passengers on the 11:22 GMT Newcastle to Carlisle had to get off and change trains.

A replacement bus is running between the MetroCentre in Gateshead and Hexham while the tree is removed.

It is hoped the train service will be resumed later on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the transport police said it was believed the man's injuries were not life-threatening and an investigation into the circumstances of the accident was being carried out.

He added: "The train was damaged and is out of service."

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