Saturday, 06 February 2016

Woman killed on rail line is named

A WOMAN who died after being hit by a train has been named locally.

TRAGEDY: Police officers at the scene where a woman was killed on the rail line half a mile from Millom station on Wednesday MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50042611B001

British Transport Police confirmed that the woman was 85 and from Millom.

But she has been named locally as Isabella Stables, of Duddon Mews, Millom.

BTP said it could not officially confirm the woman’s identity until an inquest into her death had been opened.

A file is being prepared for the coroner.

BTP confirmed the woman had died at the scene at Moor Farm crossing on Thursday afternoon, and that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

A BTP spokeswoman said: “BTP officers attended the rail line close to Millom railway station, in Cumbria, on Wednesday, December 19, following a report of a woman being struck by a train.

“Officers from Cumbria Constabulary also attended alongside medics from North West Ambulance Service, but the woman, aged 85 and from Millom, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The incident was reported to BTP at 1.11pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Emergency services were called to the Millom rail crossing after the incident on Wednesday afternoon.

The train was heading towards Carlisle, from Barrow, when the driver made an emergency call to say a person had been struck by the train, about half a mile past Millom station.

The small number of passengers on the train were moved to a separate carriage following the collision, before the train returned to Millom station.

Ann Horton, a passenger on the train, said: “The driver slammed on the brakes and the train came to a stop quite suddenly.

“We were then moved to the front carriage of the train and waited for more than two hours before the police reopened the line and we made our way slowly back to Millom station.”

Mrs Horton said a range of transport, from coaches to taxis, had been arranged for passengers travelling in both directions.

A North West Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they were called at 1.14pm, shortly after the transport police were called to the scene.

A Northern Rail spokeswoman said the driver and train crew would receive help following the incident.

She said: “In terms of train crew, we have a care process that is instigated in any situation like this.

“Road transport was put in place between Barrow and Sellafield.”

The rail line was reopened by Network Rail at about 3.20pm.

The North West Air Ambulance Service was also called to the scene but the helicopter was not required.


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