Motocross rider dies on rail line near Coventry

A motocross rider has died after being hit by a train on a railway line near to Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the line between the A46 and Brandon at 12.15 GMT and found the man and his damaged motocross bike.

A second man, who had come off another bike, was uninjured. Two other riders who were not involved in the incident were also at the scene.

The driver of the London Midland train was treated for shock by paramedics.

An ambulance service spokesman said: "Crews had to walk around half a mile back down the line to where the collision had happened."

"Unfortunately, it was immediately clear that there was nothing that could be done to help the man who had been riding the motocross bike and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

The line, which runs between Coventry and Rugby, was shut for four hours while British Transport Police carried out an investigation.

Many rail services were cancelled or delayed and replacement buses had to be put on to transport passengers to Coventry, Rugby and Northampton stations.

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