Tyne & Wear

Girl's arm severed by passing Edinburgh to London train

A 12-year-old girl's arm was severed when she was struck by a passing train at a level crossing on Tyneside.

British Transport Police (BTP) said the girl's limb had to be retrieved from the track after she was hit at Killingworth at 18:30 GMT on Monday.

Surgeons at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary are trying to reattach the arm and the girl is stable, BTP said.

A spokesman said the girl had been with three friends when she suffered a "glancing blow" from the train.

Police said the incident involved the 17:00 Edinburgh to London King's Cross train.

'Tragic accident'

The BTP spokesman said: "She was conscious, but had suffered a severe arm injury to her left arm, which had resulted in the severing of the limb. She is currently in a stable condition.

"It is believed that she was in the area with three friends of a similar age, when she was struck a glancing blow by the passing train.

"There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident. Police investigations continue, but this appears to be a tragic accident."

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch of the Department for Transport has been informed.

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