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Rail worker struck by Gatwick Express train

A man is in a stable condition after being hit by a Gatwick Express train while working on a section of track.

The driver of the 0500 BST Gatwick Airport to Victoria service reported striking the man near Reedham railway station in Purley, south London.

The injured worker was taken to hospital with multiple life-threatening injuries but his condition has improved and he is now said to be stable.

The incident is being investigated by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

'Unexplained incident'

A British Transport Police spokesperson said: "BTP officers were called to the line near to Reedham rail station on Sunday, 12 June after a man was struck by a train.

"Paramedics from the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) attended and the man, a track worker, was taken to a London hospital."

He said officers are currently working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident, including how the man came to be struck.

He said the incident is currently being treated as unexplained.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: "An investigation is under way and we are co-operating fully with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

"Our thoughts remain with the injured man and his family."

Train services were subject to delays and cancellation until approximately 1500 BST.