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UPDATE: Boy, 14, killed by train at crossing near Doddington Road, Lincoln

By AlexColman  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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A 14-year-old boy has died after being hit by a train at a crossing near Doddington Road, Lincoln.

British Transport Police were alerted to the incident on a foot crossing behind Moorland Way, off Tritton Road, at 8:51am this morning.

Medics pronounced the boy dead at the scene.

The level crossing was closed as police and emergency services attended the incident, but was reopened at 9:50am.

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The train involved was the 7:42am Sleaford to Leicester service.

British Transport Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

This is the fourth fatal rail incident involving people from Lincolnshire in the last four days.

A 26-year-old rail worker, named locally as Scott Dobson died after being struck by the Scunthorpe to Lincoln train at 1.55pm on Tuesday.

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

Four-year-old Emma Lifsey from Haxey died after the car she was travelling in was hit by a train at a level crossing near Gainsborough, also on Tuesday.

The car was hit by a Lincoln to Doncaster train at Beech Hill crossing on Springs Road at Misson Springs, Nottinghamshire, at around 12.30pm.

Also, the body of 51-year-old Robert Roy Poole, from Bingham, was found near the railway bridge in Belton Lane, Grantham, on Monday.

He had been hit by a train but police say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

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  • Ian_Heighton  |  December 08 2012, 2:37PM

    Quite right. That is a straight piece of track and is easy to see a train approaching. Even if the train was doing over 100 MPH it would still be easy to see. You can even feel the rumbling thorough your feet. Biggest problem is these days people have got used to just stepping out without paying attention and blaming the other party. Lights wouldn't make any difference, just look at the amount of pedestrians that ignore the red man when crossing the road.

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  • OldLincolnia  |  December 07 2012, 1:41PM

    Audible warning is a good idea, except too many people these days have to stick earphones on and in their ears. They'd not hear the warning, like they cannot hear traffic or car hooters, wear black and don't have lights on their bikes etc etc. Flashing lights, warnings sounds, society does what it can, but sorry in the end its still down to the individual and often their parents.

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  • vic-london  |  December 06 2012, 7:49PM

    This is a very sad loss of a young school boy, and my first thoughts are with his parents and the train driver who will be equally devastated by this tragedy. One of the main considerations that risks are taken is the timing of an approaching train, if it's not in sight one may feel they have enough time to get across to the other side. Taking that unnecessary risk are bad odds to calculate, the speed and quietness of trains distorts conceived distance one feels they have to make it across. I do think an audible recorded voice warning system would enhance the safety concerns of these crossings, because as it stands the flashing lights and barriers are simply visual warnings, a vocal warning may have a more significant impact to deter the risk takers.

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  • TonytheBus  |  December 06 2012, 6:29PM

    A very tragic accident my thoughts go out to the parents family and friends

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  • Hussydog  |  December 06 2012, 4:45PM

    My comment was not intended at finger pointing it was in response to Peak3 who points blame solely at the City of Lincoln Council. It is general advice which everyone knows but sometimes forgets, it is an Individuals responsibility for their own safety. No one knows the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident, and it would be wrong to put blame in any parties hand. Just a tragic loss of life and for those involved my greatest sympathies.

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  • eatmygoal  |  December 06 2012, 4:17PM

    Hussydog, I don't think this is the place for finger pointing at an individual, especially when the details of the case are not available

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  • Hussydog  |  December 06 2012, 3:52PM

    The recent adverts on TV and in the press coupled with the events of the last few days on Lincolnshire's railways, it is the individuals responsibility to ensure when crossing a railway in a vehicle, on foot or in any manner, that it is safe to do so and to be alert of what could and does happen. This is a sad loss to all involved and my thoughts are with them but finger pointing and blame can not be proportioned to Lincoln City Council or Network Rail.

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  • ady85j  |  December 06 2012, 3:51PM

    I find the attitude of that particular train passenger appauling.You can always re arrange a meeting time. I work in the building directly next to the walkway leading to the rail track,so was highly aware of the seriousness of the incident.My thoughts are with the family at this sad time & train driver...also to the emergency services and network rail for there professionalism.

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  • nigelsparky  |  December 06 2012, 2:47PM

    Just goes to show how selfish some people are Mizmunnypenny, and the world we live in now. This schoolboy is someone's son, someone's brother, someone's grandson. Their lives will never be the same again, yet this individual was going to be late for a meeting, big deal! I described this individual as selfish, which thinking about it is wrong, "Sick" is a more apt description frankly. My heart goes out to this boy's family and friends, and the driver of the train. Very tragic.

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  • Mizmunnypenny  |  December 06 2012, 1:16PM

    I on a train from Newark to Lincoln, due to arrive 9.01am, that was held up just outside Hykeham station due to this accident for about 90mins. I was appalled by the attitude of some of my fellow passengers when we were told that, due to a person being hit by an earlier train at the pedestrian crossing near Doddington Road, we were going to be delayed indefinitely while investigations were carried out. One passenger in particular was quite irate, swearing loudly at the conductor/driver, saying that he had important meetings in Lincoln, and that kids should look where they're going etc. Yes, the delay was inconvenient, but how heartless. Some people just have no compassion. My heart goes out to the boy's family and the driver of the train.

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