Royston-bound train strikes deer between Stevenage and Hitchin railway stations causing delays

PUBLISHED: 19:07 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 19:07 05 January 2016

A train hit a deer between Stevenage and Hitchin tonight causing delays

A train hit a deer between Stevenage and Hitchin tonight causing delays

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A deer which wandered onto the railway line between Stevenage and Hitchin and was struck by a northbound commuter train caused delays to 30 trains during rush hour this evening.

The Royston-bound service which left London King’s Cross at 5.23pm hit the animal just before 6pm.

A spokesman for Network Rail told the Comet: “The train hit the deer just north of Stevenage railway station.

“The driver then stopped to carry out safety checks before continuing to Hitchin.

“Around 30 trains on the line both north and south have been affected, with delays currently running at around 15 to 20 minutes – down from 20 to 30 minutes immediately after the incident.”

British Transport Police police confirmed the deer was killed on impact.

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