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Father Killed by Train, Daughter in Critical Condition

UK High-Speed TrainA father and his 3-year-old daughter were hit by a train in a horrible incident near Doncaster in South Yorkshire on the East Coast Main Line. The incident happened on Monday near Adwick rail station, and later in the afternoon police had named the father, 28-year-old Richard Straw, from Bentley, who was pronounced dead at the scene. His daughter, who hasn’t been identified, was airlifted by Yorkshire Air Ambulance to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for emergency treatment, and she is in critical condition.

On Monday night, police were treating the scene of the incident as a crime scene and were searching for clues as to why the father and daughter were on the tracks. It’s been reported that both of them were hit by the 10:35am King’s Cross-Leeds service as it was approaching Adwick Station. The collision happened about a mile from the station, next to a wheat field and about half a mile from the closest road. Ambulance services and police were phoned about the accident at 12:28pm. At the scene, there were about 20 transport officers and a search team, which thoroughly combed the area near the tracks for any items that could give them a clue as to why the father and daughter were there.

British Transport Police officers initially thought the incident happened on a level crossing over the track. However, it was later revealed by an investigation that this wasn’t the case. A police spokesman said that they don’t know why the father and daughter were on the tracks in that area. They weren’t hit on a crossing, and nobody has a clue as to why they were there. There isn’t an access point to the tracks, so how they got to the tracks will be part of what they investigate. There are fences in the area, so they would have had to climb over them to get where they were, he noted.

The train involved was an express train, which had 160 passengers on board at the time of the incident. The passengers were made to stay on the train for over three hours while police carried out an investigation into what happened. Even the train was treated as part of the scene of the crime. While they were forced to stay on board, the passengers were given refreshments and water by the train’s staff. It wasn’t until 4pm that the train was allowed to leave. It was taken to Wakefield, but officials kept the rail line closed for most of the evening. Northern Rail Doncaster-Wakefield Westgate services that were cancelled due to the investigation were replaced by buses. Wakefield-Leeds services continued to operate, however.

Police are now asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward. Anybody that saw what happened, or has information that can help police, should call the British Transport Police at 0800 405040.



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