A woman is in a critical condition with “severe leg injuries” after being struck by a train at a railway station.

The woman, who is 42 and from Chorley, was on the tracks at Leyland station when the incident happened at around 7.30pm on Sunday.

Emergency services were alerted and quickly mobilised to the incident. The fire service, including the Chorley urgent search and rescue team, assisted police and ambulance crews to rescue and treat the woman.

She was taken to Chorley Hospital to be treated for “serious injuries to her legs”.

She remains there, with treatment continuing and her condition described as “critical”. It is not known at this stage why the injured woman, who has not been named, was on the rail tracks.

However, a spokesman for British Transport Police said that 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 was travelling from Blackpool North to Wigan and was slowing to stop at the station, but delays were caused for the rest of Sunday evening.