A woman has been hit and killed by a train near Wellingborough.
The incident took place shortly after 9am this morning (Thursday, October 2) near Souldrop, Bedfordshire.
Police say the woman’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
Trains are being delayed throughout the region until at least 11am as a result.
Officers from Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire have joined British Transport Police in conducting searches, and the police helicopter and paramedics are also in attendance.
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We were called to the line in Souldrop, Bedfordshire, at 9.10am to reports of a woman being struck by a train.
“We attended the scene alongside colleagues from Northamptonshire Police and the East of England Ambulance Service and a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The incident is not being treated as suspicious and officers are working to identify the woman and inform her family.
“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”
Because of the delays on the line, East Midlands Trains passengers are being told they can use other train operators’ services.
A spokesman for East Midlands Trains said: “Services are currently being disrupted due to a person having been hit by a train near Wellingborough.
“Our first thoughts are with the family of the person involved.
“Train services between Kettering and Bedford are currently experiencing delays of up to 60 minutes. There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 11am.
“Passengers may use CrossCountry, East Coast, London Midland and Virgin Trains on any reasonable routes. Passengers may also use Stagecoach buses on route X4 running between Kettering and Northampton.”