Tributes after level crossing crash

tributes have been paid to two people who died after a car was hit by a train on a level crossing near Grimsby.

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Fiancee of level crossing crash victim pays tribute to 'her rock'

Carolyn Woodward has paid tribute to her fiancé David Williams, calling him ‘her rock’. He died when the car he was travelling in was struck by a train on Great Coates level crossing.

I am so devastated at the loss of my most gorgeous partner Dave. He was my rock, my best friend, the most caring man I have ever known. He loved family life and was devoted to the grandchildren.

We only moved to the area last January from Blackpool and Dave loved it here. He enjoyed working at the Immingham Docks and made a lot of very special friends. He was a very friendly person, everyone loved Dave .We thought we would have a lot more years together.

We have a dog that was more than fond of Dave, which he had trained to do tricks. Dave was a very patient man and he devoted his life to us.

Life is going to be so empty without him. I will love him forever and I send my condolences to Paul’s family and friends.”

– Carolyn Woodward, fiancee of David Williams


Family of level crossing crash driver pay tribute

The family of 47-year-old Paul Hodge who died in the level crossing crash at Great Coates have released a statement paying tribute to him.

Paul was a loving father, grandfather, son and brother and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

He was born in Grimsby and returned here after leaving the Forces. He was an avid football fan and followed Manchester United. He also served with the First Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Paul worked as a transport driver at South Killingholme.

Paul will be very sadly missed by all those who knew him and this has come with tragic and devastating shock to all of his family and friends.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the messages of sympathy and support we have received over the past 24 hours.

– Family of Paul Hodge

Tributes to 'kind man' killed in Grimsby level crossing crash

Paul Hodge

Tributes have been paid to one of the two men killed when their car was hit at 60 mph by a train at the Great Coates crossing, near Grimsby. 47-year-old Paul Hodge was a former serviceman who lived on the Nunsthorpe estate in Grimsby.

His son Ryan was too upset to talk to Calendar today, but neighbours spoke of "a kind man who'd do anything to help anybody". His ex-wife Pat left a message on Facebook thanking people for their kind words.

British Transport Police are expected to name the second victim, a 40-year-old man from Cleethorpes, later. Network Rail engineers have carried out repairs to the half-barriers at the crossing.


Investigation into fatal level crossing crash

A full investigation into why a train - travelling at sixty miles an hour - crashed into a car on a level crossing near Grimsby, killing two people, has been launched.

British Transport Police says the driver of the car, who died along with his passenger, could be responsible for the crash which happened near Great Coates station. David Hirst reports

Former railway worker: level crossing deaths 'an accident waiting to happen'

Safety work continues at Great Coates

Safety work is continuing at the rail crossing at Great Coates, near Grimsby, where two men were killed when their car was hit by a train travelling at 60 mph. British Transport Police say they're keeping anopen mind about the tragedy but add that the crossing was working correctly.

A former railway worker who lives nearby says it was "an accident waiting to happen" because people regularly ignore warning lights at the automatic half-barrier crossing.

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