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Train delays after false alarm at Darlington station
10:37pm Sunday 1st September 2013 in News
TRAINS on the East Coast Main Line were delayed tonight after a false report that a pedestrian had been hit by a train.
Services on the line were delayed after a report shortly after 9.30pm that a member of the public had been hit by a train inside Darlington Railway Station.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that the driver of a London to Newcastle train raised the alarm, telling colleagues he thought he had hit someone who was sitting on the northbound track as the train entered the station.
Emergency services were called to the scene and train operator East Coast told passengers that services were being delayed after an accident.
Police say it was quickly established that the report was a false alarm made with good intent.
However, as the line was checked four services from London to Newcastle and Edinburgh were delayed by up to half an hour.
Inspector Avril Kelly, of Durham Police, said: "The person who was thought to have gone under a train was found fit and well.
"The report was made with good intent and there was no major incident."
The rail system was back to normal by 11pm.
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