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UPDATE: Stroud motorcyclist, 37, killed in rail crossing accident at Frampton Mansell

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

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RAIL safety experts and police are investigating after a Stroud motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a train on an unmanned level crossing.

The 37-year-old man was the last of a group of three riders to cross the Stroud - Swindon line on Sunday evening when a train heading west from Swindon collided with him at Frampton Mansell.

A member of the public and emergency services tried in vain to save his life after the collision at around 6.45pm.

The man who died was riding a road-legal Gas Gas EC300 enduro bike, said police. Contrary to earlier reports, the collision happened not on a foot crossing but one where vehicles can cross, police confirmed.

It is not yet known how the collision happened but Richard Simpson of the Trail Riders Fellowship, which campaigns for legal use of unsurfaced roads, said it can be a dangerous crossing.

“It’s a very popular route for all users,” said Mr Simpson, who said his first thoughts were with the family of the man who died. “The crossing is built up to the level of the rails with wooden sleepers which can be slippery, and before crossing, the signalman should be called and he will tell you whether it is safe to cross, and you must call him after you have crossed. Also it can be hard to hear the trains coming from Swindon as they come from a tunnel then around a bend.”

A British Transport Police spokesman said there was no suggestion that the man who died had become stuck on the crossing.

“There were two other riders who had crossed the line ahead of the man who was in collision with the train,” he said. “Officers from BTP attended the line at Frampton Mansell crossing near Stroud, on Sunday, May 11, following a report at 6.46pm that a motorbike and passenger train were in collision at the crossing.

“BTP officers attended alongside colleagues from Gloucestershire police and Great Western Ambulance Service.

“Medics treated the motorbike rider, believed to be a 37-year-old man from Stroud, at the scene but he sadly died of his injuries. The train involved was a Swindon - Gloucester service. None of the 40 passengers on board the service was injured.

"Officers are currently working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision and formally identify the man who died.

“The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) have been informed.”

The Gloucestershire Coroner has been informed.

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  • newtimes  |  May 12 2014, 9:25PM

    busymum354, I knew this man and believe me he had a lot to live for, particularly at this time in his life. No one really knows the circumstances of why it happened yet, but trust me, "playing chicken" with trains was not something he would be interested in at all. So without due respect, keep your hateful, insensitive comments and go **** yourself.

  • trfbiker  |  May 12 2014, 9:25PM

    Barbara Hamilton (Busymum354) you should be ashamed with that comment! Like you he has a mother and may have kids, I just hope that your kids don't do the same for zero sympathy!

  • TruthSeeker7  |  May 12 2014, 4:34PM

    Such a tragic accident. Condolences to this man's family and friends, terrible shock to those travelling ahead of him and as a parent of railway worker this is horrendous also for the drivers and staff. Many are unable to get in a cab again and return to work. Thinking of them all

  • SandraPee  |  May 12 2014, 2:00PM

    stroudgreen, no matter what the cause of the accident was it must be horrific for the train driver to see this situation unfolding in front of him , knowing there is no way he could stop his train in time . I don't know how anyone would get over that nightmare situation .

  • stroudgreen  |  May 12 2014, 9:28AM

    Thank you both for your comments regarding the train driver. All too often when these incidents happen, nothing is said of the effects that it has on the driver. I am a driver who drives this route and in the last month two of my colleagues have been unfortunate to have been involved in fatalities up the Stroud Valley line. Although it is awful for these poor peoples families it is nice to know that there is some concern out there for the drivers. Thank you again.

  • GlosAnarchy  |  May 12 2014, 8:58AM

    Sandra my thoughts exactly, the train driver is sadly forgotten most of the time and it can cause them severe distress.

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  • SandraPee  |  May 12 2014, 8:16AM

    That's awful . Condolences to the train driver and to the family of the deceased .