A MAN is understood to be conscious in hospital today after miraculously surviving a collision with a train.

The 29-year-old, from Hythe, was hit by a train travelling from Southampton Central to Totton at around 7.45pm yesterday.

All services between Southampton Central and Brockenhurst were halted while police and paramedics attended the scene, near Millbrook station, last night.

Passengers were initially told that the trespasser on the tracks had died.

However British Transport Police confirmed this morning that he had survived the incident and been rushed to Southampton General Hospital for emergency treatment.

The Daily Echo understands that he was sat up conscious and eating this morning, despite suffering serious injuries.

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “BTP officers were called to the rail line in Millbrook, Southampton, on Friday, 23 November after a man was struck by a passing train.

“The injured man was taken to Southampton General Hospital by South Central Ambulance Service medics. “He currently remains in hospital with what are thought to be serious head and arm injuries. His family have been notified.

“The incident was reported to BTP at 7.31pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious, although officers will make inquiries to establish why the man was walking alongside the tracks at the time.”

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference 537 of November 23.