BREAKING: Inquest hears elderly couple stood on level crossing in front of train

Emergency incident
Emergency incident

An inquest was today, Thursday July 17, opened in to the deaths of an elderly Lincolnshire couple who died after being hit by a freight train.

Peter Smith, 80, and his wife Betty, 79, died after being struck at a level crossing near their home in Cherry Willingham, near Lincoln.

Police and ambulance service were called to Cherry Willingham, following the collision on Wednesday 9 July, and trains from Lincoln to Grimsby via Market Rasen and Barnetby were stopped.

An inquest in to the couple’s death was this afternoon formally opened by the senior coroner for Lincolnshire Stuart Fisher.

A brief statement of fact was read out during the hearing. It confirmed Mr and Mrs Smith left their home in Fiskerton Road at 11.30am and walked to the Green Lane crossing. They remained stood on the crossing despite the train driver sounding his horn and applying the emergency brake.

The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed for further investigations to take place.

Following the tragedy a statement from the couple’s family said: “We are deeply saddened by our loss and we would now like to ask for privacy while we come to terms with what has happened.”

British Transport Police is continuing to investigate the deaths. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has also been informed.