Delays after train kills horse on railway line near Thorne

Thorne North Station
Thorne North Station

Rail passengers faced delays and disruptions after a train hit a horse on the railway line between Doncaster and Goole this morning.

Services were disrupted after the stray animal wandered onto the tracks and was killed near Thorne North station.

The animal is believed to have been struck by an East Coast trains unit at around 6.10am but it is understood that the train wasn’t in service at the time and that no passengers were on board.

The driver was not injured.

A spokesman for Network Rail said engineers had been called out to the scene shortly after 6am following reports of the collision.

She added: “The team got to the site near Thorne North station to move the horse, which unfortunately died in the incident. The line was re-opened at around 8.45am.”

She said that an investigation was now underway to establish how the animal made it onto the tracks and added: “We need to look at how it might have got there.”

During the incident, passengers face delays of up to half an hour and there were also replacement buses between Doncaster and Hull.

Earlier this year, a woman suffered injuries after being hit by a train on the same stretch of track.