Teenage cyclist killed by train

A young cyclist has been killed in a collision with a train on a level crossing.

The 13-year-old boy died at the scene of the accident in Station Road, Snelland, Lincolnshire, at around 7.25pm on Monday.

Inspector Phil Parkinson, of Lincolnshire Police, said officers were at the scene and there were no other reports of injuries.

He said that the train had been travelling at about 70mph.

"We were called to reports of a train having collided with a pedal cyclist and, at this stage, I can confirm that one person is deceased," he said.

A BTP spokesman said later that the train involved was the 8.32pm Grimsby to Newark passenger service and confirmed that no-one onboard was hurt.

He said that the level crossing had automatic gates to stop approaching traffic and that inquiries were continuing at the scene.

"The train involved was a passenger service between Grimsby and Newark, but there were no reports of any injuries," said the spokesman.

"Officers remain at the scene to conduct investigations into the cause, but the line was reopened at around 9.30pm.

"It appears that the level crossing was fitted with automatic half gates."

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