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Rail worker killed by train near Lincoln named locally as Scott Dobson

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

  • The track near Sykes Lane, Saxilby where Scott Dobson was hit

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UPDATE 11.45am: The victim has now been officially named as Scott Dobson ,26, from Stainforth, Doncaster.

A 26-year-old rail worker who died after being hit by a train near Lincoln has been named locally as Scott Dobson.

Mr Dobson, a contractor for Network Rail, was working on the track near Sykes Lane, about half a mile from Saxilby station.

He was hit by the Scunthorpe to Lincoln train at 1.55pm on Tuesday, December 4.

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Ambulance crews confirmed him dead at the scene.

British Transport Police are conducting investigations as to how Mr Dobson came to be in the path of the train.

And the Rail Accident Investigation Branch and Office of Rail Regulation have been informed of the incident.

Residents have told the Echo there had been work taking place on a gated level crossing a few hundred metres north of Saxilby station.

However, Network Rail has not confirmed if the man was working in this area.

A spokesman for Network Rail said: "Investigations are ongoing into what happened and our thoughts are with the family."

Meanwhile, Northern Rail, who operated the train, said it was "working closely" with transport police in their enquiries.

Online tributes have been paid to Mr Dobson. On social networking site Twitter, Ella Platt said: "God always takes the best ones. He was one in a million and will be missed greatly. All my love to Scott Dobson and his family."

Meanwhile, in a tribute group set up in Mr Dobson's memory, his brother Tom simply wrote: "Love you Scott".

Mr Dobson's death came less than two hours after another rail collision, in which a car was hit by a Lincoln to Doncaster train at Beech Hill crossing, Springs Road, Finningley, near Doncaster.

Four-year-old Emma Lifsey, from Haxey in North Lincolnshire, was a passenger in the car, which collided with the train at around 12.30pm. She was airlifted to Sheffield Children's Hospital but died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

In a statement issued through the British Transport Police, Emma's parents, Mark and Zoe Lifsey, said: "Emma meant the world to us.

"She was our much-loved daughter and a baby sister to her 11-year-old brother Jack.

"We are still trying to come to terms with the terrible incident on Tuesday afternoon and there are no words that can properly express how distraught we are.

"We would like to thank everyone for the many messages of sympathy and support we have received."

The driver of the car, a 67-year-old woman, sustained neck injuries and bruising, but is in a stable condition.

Meanwhile, police have identified a 51-year-old man who was hit by a train near Peascliffe tunnel, in Grantham, as Robert Roy Poole of Bingham.

He was killed in the incident on Monday afternoon near the railway bridge on Belton Lane.

UPDATE: Another person has also been killed after being hit by a train at Doddington Road level crossing in Lincoln this morning.

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  • goldiebambino  |  December 26 2012, 1:42AM

    My son worked with Scott on a few occasions and said he was a great guy, RIP xxx

  • ayrton1994  |  December 06 2012, 8:35PM

    Why all these accidents at level crossings? Because they are no longer manned by human beings and controlled remotely by computers which cannot see what is happening. Bring back manned boxes saving money by using computers is causing injury and deaths, priorities must be changed immediately!!

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