Inquest into death of girl hit by a train

Katie Littlewood, 15, was struck by a train in January 2012
Katie Littlewood, 15, was struck by a train in January 2012 Photo:

An inquest into the death of a teenage girl killed after being hit by a train at a foot crossing will be held today.

Katie Littlewood, 15, was struck at Johnson's Footpath Crossing in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, in January 2012. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hertfordshire Coroners Court in Hatfield will hear details about how Katie, described by her family as being a "beautiful, intelligent and talented" **girl, died.

She had been on her way to work as a charity shop volunteer on the Saturday morning when she was struck by the train.

Network Rail carried out an investigation on the crossing immediately after the incident and found there were no faults with any of the safety measures in place.

Flashing lights, audible warnings and signalling systems were all operational, a spokesman said, and there were no problems with the fence and gate at the crossing.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) published a report into Katie's death last December. It found that Katie had started to walk over the crossing as the train approached, despite an alarm sounding and a red miniature stop light warning that it was coming.

The RAIB said there had been proposals to close the crossing before 2007, but they had not been carried out.

It also found that while there had been a plan to install a footbridge to replace the crossing, Network Rail had not done so by the time of Katie's death. It has since been put in place and Johnson's Footpath Crossing was closed in August 2012.