Safety checks after teen struck by train at Mandeville crossing

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A boy is in a critical condition after being hit by a train at a crossing in Aylesbury.

The boy was hit last Tuesday close to Old Stoke Road, in what is being described by police as a ‘tragic accident’.

Ambulance, fire and police teams attended the scene.

A spokesman for British Transport Police, said: “We were called at 7.30pm following a report a boy had been struck by a train on a crossing off Old Stoke Road in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire.

“Officers arrived on the scene and established a 14-year-old boy had been hit and was lying underneath one of the carriages with multiple injuries.

“Emergency crews worked to rescue the boy and he was rushed to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

“We are still working to determine the exact circumstances of what happened but at this stage, this appears to have been a tragic accident.

“The Office of Rail and Road has been informed of the incident.”

Network Rail, which is responsible for the stretch of track, said that directly after the incident it sent out a team to conduct a safety review.

The crossing is set to be replaced by 2017, and Network Rail says if it can, it will bring the works forward.

A spokesman said: “This was a terrible incident and our thoughts are with the boy and his family.

“The level crossing where the incident happened is a footpath crossing, and has a Stop, Look and Listen sign. “The crossing was checked following the incident and all the relevant signs were in place including the ‘Stop, Look and Listen’ sign.”

They added: “Our plans to replace Old Stoke Road level crossing with a footbridge remain in place and we are aiming to have the work completed in late 2017.

“If we can do the work sooner, we will.”

Anyone who saw what happened is urged to call us on 0800 40 50 40 or text the

British Transport Police as soon as possible on 61016 quoting log 537 24/11/15

At the time of going to 
press the teenager was still being treated in hospital.