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Cyclist hit by train at Aylesbury crossing 'lucky to be alive'

Foot crossing on Old Stoke Road, Aylesbury
Image caption The man was crossing the tracks at Old Stoke Road on Friday

A cyclist hit by a train at a foot crossing in Buckinghamshire is lucky to be alive, British Transport Police (BTP) has said.

The man was struck while crossing Old Stoke Road, Aylesbury, at about 06:50 BST on Friday.

Chiltern Railways said the driver sounded the horn and applied the brakes before the train hit the man.

BTP wants to speak with the cyclist, who a witness had seen "limping and shaken up" but not seriously hurt.

The man, described as black and about 5ft 10in tall (1.77m), spoke briefly to police via telephone after the witness called to report the incident.

Gavin Brown from BTP said: "We aren't treating the incident as suspicious, but we're concerned for the man's welfare and need to talk to him about what happened.

"It is sheer luck that he was not seriously injured or killed."

South Central Ambulance Service attended the scene but the man had left.

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