A train travelling through north Northumberland hit a horse this morning, leading to long delays on the East Coast Main Line.
The incident happened around 7.15am when the 7.08am southbound train from Alnmouth Station collided with the riderless animal about five minutes after leaving, at Station Road, just outside Warkworth.
It led to delays of up to an hour between Alnmouth and Newcastle, although some services are now running again. The train involved was the 6.06am Edinburgh to Plymouth service.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said: “BTP officers were called to Warkworth Crossing, near Station Road in Warkworth, on Thursday, September 24, following reports that a train had struck a horse.
“Officers attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 7.12am, but sadly the horse was dead on arrival. No one on board the train was injured as a result of the collision.”