A WOMAN was in a critical condition with ‘severe leg injuries’ last night after being hit by a train at a railway station.

The 42-year-old from Chorley was on the tracks at Leyland station when the incident happened at around 7.30pm on Sunday.

The train was slowing down to just a few miles per hour to stop at the station, rail bosses said.

Emergency services were alerted, including the fire service with the urgent search and rescue team from Chorley, plus police and ambulance crews.

The woman was treated at the scene before being taken to Chorley Hospital to be treated for ‘serious injuries to her legs’.

She remained there, with treatment continuing and her condition was described as ‘critical’ yesterday.

It is not known at this stage why the injured woman, who has not been named by police, was on the rail tracks.

However, a spokesman for British Transport Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

He added: “We were alerted just after 7.30pm that someone had been struck by a train at Leyland Station.

“The Northern Rail service involved was travelling from Blackpool North to Wigan and was slowing to stop at the station.”

The incident caused delays for the remainder of Sunday evening for services travelling between Blackpool and Preston to Chorley, Bolton and Wigan stations.