TRAGEDY hit the area as three fatal accidents took place on railway lines near Gainsborough in three days.
A trio of incidents took place on lines in Saxilby, Finningley and Lincoln last week.
Rail worker Scott Dobson, 26, from Stainforth, in Doncaster, was killed on 4th December when he was working on a track at Sykes Lane, near Saxilby station, at around 1.55pm.
British Transport Police, Notts Police and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch continue to investigate the incident and the line between Gainsborough Lea Road and Lincoln was closed for several hours.
Just before 2pm on the same day, four-year-old Emma Lifsey, from Haxey, died in an accident at Beech Hill Crossing, Springs Road, Finningley.
The car driver, a 67-year-old woman, was taken to hospital with minor injuries. Around 20 passengers were evacuated from the train, which was the 11.54am East Midlands Trains service from Lincoln to Doncaster - a short while after it had passed through Gainsborough. No-one on the train was injured.
British Transport Police are now appealing for the driver of a tractor, who is believed to have been close to the crossing, to contact them as he may have ‘vital information’ to assist with the investigation.
David Horne, managing director of East Midlands Trains said: “Our first priority and thoughts are for those involved in the incident. We will work with Network Rail and the British Transport Police to ensure those involved in this incident are given every assistance.”
“Safety is our absolutely priority and we will do everything in our power to assist the investigation into identifying the cause of the incident.”
Bassetlaw MP John Mann responded to the death of little Emma by paying his respects and raising safety concerns.
“I send my condolences to the family at this very difficult time,” said Mr Mann. “My thoughts are with them and also with the train driver who is having to deal with a nightmare scenario that no one wishes to be in.”
He conintued: “This was an accident waiting to happen. There are many level crossings in my constituency in towns, villages and the countryside.”
“In today’s world people cannot place their lives in the hands of the rail authorities every time they have to cross a level crossing.”
Tragedy struck again at 8.51am on Thursday 6th December when Lincoln teenager Alex Isherwood, 14, was hit by a train and died near to a foot crossing just outside Lincoln - not far from Doddington and Saxilby.
British Transport Police were called to the scene near on Doddington Road, Lincoln, to reports that a person had been struck by the 7.42am Sleaford to Leicester service.
In a statement issued through British Transport Police, Alex’s family said: “Alex was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome two years ago and found it difficult to overcome.He was a very special boy to all of us and had great expectations. He was loved by his family and we will all miss him greatly.”
“We have been overwhelmed by the response and would like to thank everyone for their kind messages of sympathy and support.”
Anyone with information about the Beech Hill train accident is asked to call 0800 405040.