Girl, 14, killed by train in rail crossing accident

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A 14-year-old girl has died after being hit by a train in a "tragic accident" on a rail crossing, police have said.

The teenager was struck at the Wallows Lane foot crossing near Walsall's Bescot Stadium football ground in the West Midlands on Tuesday afternoon.

British Transport Police said emergency services responded quickly, but the girl died at the scene.

The force said an investigation was now under way to understand what had happened, but that it appeared to be a "very tragic accident".

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley, of British Transport Police, said: "What we know so far is that the young girl was crossing the tracks after a freight train went by.

"Very sadly, it seems another train was approaching from the opposite direction and struck her.

"Our inquiries of course continue to ensure we fully understand what happened."

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.