A PERSON has died after getting hit by a train near Didcot.

The incident happened yesterday evening when a Great Western Railway train was travelling from Swindon to London Paddington.

A woman from Oxford, who was on the train travelling home after a day out in Weston-super-Mare, described the incident as 'scary'.

Nadia Day and her two children and friend were about 10 minutes away from Didcot Parkway Station when the train came to a sudden stop.

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She said: "We boarded the train at Bristol Temple Meads that was going to London Paddington. We were due to change at Didcot when suddenly the train rammed on the breaks and then came to a sudden halt.

"We were told that information would be passed when the train manager knew more and then we were told we would be there for a significant time due to a fatality and had to wait for the emergency response and police to arrive.

"We were kept informed by the train manager and he could not have done enough to reassure us and other passengers.

"It was a bit scary knowing someone had been hit and that we were on that train. Not good for the train driver to experience."

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Great Western Railway replied to people's tweets, letting them know that the incident was the reason why the train they were waiting for was delayed.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesperson said: “BTP officers were called to the Swindon area after a report that a person had been struck by a train. Officers from the BTP attended the incident which was reported to BTP at 8.49pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“Ambulance service also attended but the person was pronounced deceased at the scene. We are currently working to establish the identity of the person and inform their next of kin. A file will be prepared for the coroner.

"The line was handed back at 10.42pm."