Witnesses told how a man was hit by a train in front of horrified families waiting at the station platform.
Emergency services rushed to Lea Green train station in St Helens shortly after 1.30pm, but the man was dead by the time the paramedics arrived at the scene.
A police cordon remained up for several hours as Network rail staff and British Transport Police officers including forensic experts probed the scene, inspecting the track right by the platform.
But the police said they were not treating the death as “suspicious”.
The ECHO understands the person who died was male and that several passengers waiting on the platform, including a child, were left shaken up after witnessing the collision itself.
Everyone on board the train, believed to be heading towards Manchester from Liverpool Lime Street , was told to get off immediately at Lea Green.
Trains did not stop at the station again until it reopened at around 5pm, with a rail replacement bus service running between Huyton and Newton-Le-Willows.
The station manager even offered a lift to several customers who had arrived at the station to find there were no trains.
A staff member at the nearby Bull and Dog Inn said: “It’s a tragedy…