Schoolgirl killed on train track

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A 15-year-old girl from the Wirral got killed by a train on the morning of November 10.

The school girl of Year 11 Grammar School class for girls was hit by a train at the Port Sunlight station.

The train line operated by Merseyrail connects Chester and Ellesmere Port with Liverpool.

A spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) said: “Our officers were called to Port Sunlight railway station at around 10.30 am on Monday, November 10, following reports of a person struck by a train.”

“Colleagues from Merseyside Police and North West Ambulance Service also attended. A 15-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene.”

It is unclear why the girl was on the train track, but the British Transport Police said that the incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the Coroner.

The incident happened between the railway stations Port Sunlight and Hooton and caused about 60 minutes delay.

Rail statistics between 2001 and 2013 show that there is an average of 50 people getting killed trespassing or level crossing each year.

Critics question the measures put in place to prevent such incidents.

However, Merseyrail , has gained 100 per cent Secure Station status in all their stations in December 2008, making it the first fully secure network in the country.

by Lisa Meller

 

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