Boy, 6, and grandmother killed by train in 'tragic accident' as they use railway crossing

Posted on 8:45 AM by Sameer Shah

A six-year-old boy and his grandmother have been killed by a train as they used a railway crossing.

The grandmother is believed to have been on her way to her daughter's house when the tragic accident happened.

The pair were hit by the Worksop to Nottingham service at a pedestrian crossing in Bestwood Village at 6.45pm last night.

The names of the victims have been released but it is understood the grandmother is from Hucknall.

The dead woman's sister, who did not want to be named, visited the site today to lay flowers.

She said: 'We're devastated. It looks a bit slippy but I don't know whether it was slippery last night.

'She had three grandsons and doted on all of them.'

Councillor Chris Baron, who represents the area, said there had been a campaign ten years ago to make the gates to pedestrian crossings along the route lock as a train approaches.

He said: 'My heart goes out to them. It's terrible, absolutely terrible.

'I wanted to see a locking system that can bolt the gates when a train is 100 yards away.'

Paddy Tipping MP, who represents the area, said: 'We have been pressing for better lighting down here for a long time and it's very slippery.

'There will be a full inquiry by the Railway Inspectorate and we will have to wait and see what the results are, but clearly there's a problem here that's led to very serious consequences.

'It's a real tragedy for three generations - grandson, grandma and the parents.'

Inspector Paul Andrews, from the BTP, said: 'There are no suspicious circumstances. We are talking about a tragic accident more than anything else.'

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