Ainsdale train collision victim 'trying to rescue dog'

Railway near Ainsdale station Image copyright Caters
Image caption The accident happened on a stretch of railway near Ainsdale

A 22-year-old woman may have been trying to rescue a dog when she stepped on to a railway line and was killed by a train.

The accident happened close to Ainsdale station, near Southport, Merseyside, at about 15:00 BST on Wednesday.

The victim, of Glastonbury, Somerset, died at the scene and it is understood a dog was also killed in the collision.

British Transport Police said the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

The BBC understands officers are examining the theory the woman was trying to rescue her dog, which had strayed on to the tracks.

A police spokesman said: "Our officers attended, alongside colleagues from Merseyside Police and North West Ambulance Service, and discovered a 22-year-old woman from Glastonbury had been struck and killed by a train. Her family has been informed.

"Officers are working to determine exactly how she came to be on the tracks. A report will be prepared for the coroner."

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