Police have confirmed a person who was hit by a train in County Durham on Sunday (June 9) has suffered life-threatening injuries.

The incident on the East Coast Mainline happened at Chester-le-Street at about 9.50pm, with emergency services called to the tracks between Newcastle and Darlington.

And now, on Monday (June 10), the British Transport Police have confirmed that the person who was struck by the train suffered life-changing injuries in the incident.

A spokesperson for the police agency said: "We were called to Chester-le-Street station at around 9.50pm on Sunday, 9 June, following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

"Officers attended along with paramedics and a person was taken to hospital with life-changing but not life-threatening injuries.

"The incident is not being treated as suspicious."

Train lines were closed for several hours to allow emergency services to work at the scene.

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The East Coast Main Line is now fully open and all train operators are running a full schedule of trains. 

An LNER spokesperson said at the time: "#LNERUpdate It is with great sadness we report a person has been hit by a train between Darlington and Newcastle, services are subject to delays when passing in the surrounding area."

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