Sunday 22 October 2017

'We will all always love and miss Sarah'- Tributes paid to girl (14) killed by train

Undated handout photo issued by the British Transport Police of Sarah Athersmith, 14, who died after being hit by a train at the Wallows Lane foot rail crossing in Walsall, in the West Midlands. Photo: BTP/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by the British Transport Police of Sarah Athersmith, 14, who died after being hit by a train at the Wallows Lane foot rail crossing in Walsall, in the West Midlands. Photo: BTP/PA Wire
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The family of a teenager who was killed on a level crossing have paid tribute to their "beautiful, kind and funny" daughter.

Sarah Athersmith (14) was hit by a train at the Wallows Lane foot crossing, near Bescot Stadium station, in Walsall, West Midlands, on September 26.

Emergency services tried to revive her but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sarah's mother, Susan, paid tribute to her daughter, saying: "Sarah was a beautiful, kind and funny girl who loved her family.

"Losing a daughter at the age of 14 years is something that you can never imagine.

"Outside of school she had a close group of friends and she had a love of going to visit and fuss some horses near to her home.

"She has been taken from us at such a young age with her whole life in front of her.

"To not see her smiling and happy face around anymore is heart-breaking for everyone who knew her.

"We are overwhelmed by the support from friends, family and other services that are helping us to come to terms with what has happened to our daughter.

"We will all always love and miss Sarah and will carry her with us forever.

"We would appreciate at this moment in time to be allowed to grieve as a family and ask that people respect the need for us to find the strength we need in these tragic circumstances to come to terms with what has happened."

At the time of the incident, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley, from British Transport Police, said: "Although we are in the early stages of our inquiry, 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."

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