Popular railway line temporarily closed as a result of tragedy… A rail worker has been killed after he became trapped between two passing trains on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway earlier this week.
The tragic accident occurred at Grosmont Station just after midday on 20 May on the heritage line of the railway according to the British Transport Police (BTP).
The North York Moors Railway line is a well-known and popular tourist attraction especially at this time of the year as we enter the summer season. It is often staffed by volunteers and is famous for running steam engines through a National Park as well as having featured in the Harry Potter movies.
Officers from both the North Yorkshire Police and the BTP rushed to the scene in order to help the trapped man but their intervention was in vain as it became apparent the man had already died as a result of the massive crush injuries he had sustained after being hit by the trains.
The BTP announced that services on the affected line were to be temporarily suspended as they were about to conduct an investigation into the accident – they also contacted the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to work with them on uncovering the details behind the tragedy.
A statement from the BTP said
“Paramedics attended, but the man, who is believed to be in his sixties, was pronounced dead at the scene.
“An investigation is ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the man’s death.”
Danielle Bradley, an employee of North York Moors Railway commented on the loss of a colleague:
“Obviously our thoughts and our condolences go out to the family and friends, and our deepest sympathy as well.”
The railway operator was also offering counselling and support to any of the other railway workers who had been on duty at the time of the accident victim’s death.