A TEENAGE boy has died on a railway track.

British Transport Police officers were called to the line between Haywards Heath and Brighton shortly after 11pm on Monday.

An 18-year-old from Haywards Heath had fallen from the platform at Burgess Hill Railway Station, and police said they received reports that he had been struck by a train.

Emergency services were called, but the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have been informed.

Meanwhile services had to be redirected, and one train was evacuated after the incident.

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Network Rail said 45 passengers on board a service had to walk back to Burgess Hill under escort.

It is understood the train was only a short distance away from the platform.

In a statement British Transport Police said: “Officers were called to Burgess Hill station at 11.25pm on Monday after reports that a person had been struck by a train. 

“Colleagues from the ambulance service also attended, however, sadly an 18-year-old, from Haywards Heath, was pronounced dead at the scene. His family have been informed. 

“This incident is not currently being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

The teenager’s identity has not been formally confirmed but friends and relatives posted tributes to him online.

One post read: “I don’t know what to say. So, so sorry for your loss.”

Another wrote: “Devastated to hear such sad news. Thoughts are with all your family. My love to you all.”

Meanwhile another friend commented: “Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family mate, gone but never forgotten, an absolute legend, rest in peace.”

Other friends described their shock and sadness at the news. One friend added: “I’m so sorry, he was such a nice guy, he will be missed by many.”

An inquest into the teen’s death has been opened.