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Update: Teenager dies after being struck by a train near Walsall – West Midlands

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A teenage girl has very sadly died after she was struck by a train at a level crossing in the West Midlands yesterday afternoon (26/9). 

The girl, believed to be a 14-year-old from the local area, was struck by a train at Wallows Lane foot crossing near to Bescot Stadium station. 

Officers from BTP attended alongside paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance service, however sadly the girl died at the scene. 

Enquiries are now being made by officers to understand exactly what happened in the moments before her death. Until these enquiries are complete, this death is being treated as unexplained. 

DCI Paul Langley from British Transport Police, said: “First and foremost our thoughts are with the girl’s family as they begin to process this awful news. We have specially trained family liaison officers deployed to the family who are supporting them at this stage. 

“Although we are in the early stages of our enquiry, at this stage this incident appears to be a very tragic accident.  

“What we know so far is that the young girl was crossing the tracks after a freight train went by. Very sadly, it seems another train was approaching from the opposite direction and struck her. 

“Our enquiries of course continue to ensure we fully understand what happened. Therefore, if you were in the area at the time and saw what happened, please contact BTP as soon as possible. Your information might prove vital in our enquiries.” 

Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 300 of 26/09/2017.

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