A teenage boy is fighting for his life after being hit by a train on a level crossing during rush hour.

British Transport Police has confirmed the 16-year-old was injured on the crossing at Highams Park station at around 8.25am this morning (Monday, October 2).

Paramedics from London Ambulance Service were also called to the scene and an air ambulance landed on the playing fields at nearby Highams Park School.

The boy was airlifted to hospital where his injuries have been treated as life-threatening. His family has been informed.

Highams Park School confirmed this morning via Twitter none of its pupils were involved in the incident.

The Guardian Series understands students at the school were told to text their parents to tell them they were safe.

Superintendent Chris Horton from British Transport Police, said: "My thoughts are with the loved ones of this young boy, he's been flown to hospital by air ambulance where he will receive further treatment for serious injuries.

"We have officers with the family now providing them with support at this difficult time.

“Likewise, we have officers at both schools which are close to the station, offering support to any student affected by this incident.”

Enquiries are underway at the station to establish what happened. Police are not currently treating the incident as suspicious.