A schoolgirl was hit by a train in front of shocked commuters during rush hour at a busy south London station today.

The girl, 16, was trapped under the train before being released by firefighters following the incident at Catford Bridge station shortly before 8am.

She was then rushed to hospital by paramedics with serious injuries to her head and leg, British Transport Police said.

The incident sparked major delays during this morning’s rush hour.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “We were called to Catford Bridge railway station after receiving reports at 7.53am on Monday May 23 of a person struck by a train.

“BTP officers and colleagues from London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended the scene where a 16-year-old girl was treated for injuries to her head and leg.

“She has since been taken to a hospital where she currently remains in a serious condition.

“The incident is not being treated as suspicious.”

Some passengers were led from trains by firefighters after they were forced to stop outside stations.

Commuter James Regan, 23, said: “The train stopped suddenly just before platform at Catford Bridge.

“A few mins later driver let us know someone was on the tracks. Must have come to a halt at about 7.52am by my maths.

“We were waiting for about 30-45 mins before firemen came on, opened the doors and helped us down onto tracks.”

Passengers have been told they may use their tickets on other services including London buses and the Tube.

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