Tributes have been paid to a woman who died after being hit by debris from a roof in Wolverhampton city centre yesterday.
29 year-old Tahnie Martin from Stafford worked at the University of Wolverhampton and was walking along Dudley Street with colleagues when a large piece of wooden roofing flew from a building during Storm Doris.
Miss Martin received fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. University of Wolverhampton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, said:
“We are all deeply saddened by this tragic loss, during Tahnie’s short time at the University, she made a real impact both in a professional and personal capacity. She became a very popular member of the team and was highly valued.”
A woman who died after being hit by debris from a roof in Wolverhampton city centre yesterday (23 February) has been named as Tahnie Martin.
The 29-year-old from Stafford worked at the University of Wolverhampton and was walking along Dudley Street with colleagues when a large piece of wooden roofing flew from a building during Storm Doris. Miss Martin received fatal injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
The area was immediately cordoned off and officers are working with Wolverhampton City Council and the Health and Safety Executive to establish what happened.
Detective Inspector Paul Joyce said:
We are still trying to ascertain who the building belongs to and whether there is any criminal liability.
University of Wolverhampton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer said:
During Tahnie’s short time at the University, she made a real impact both in a professional and personal capacity.
She became a very popular member of the team and was highly valued.
Police have confirmed that a woman who died in Wolverhampton this afternoon was 29 years old.
She was walking past Starbucks in the pedestrianised area of Dudley Street just before midday when wooden debris from a nearby building, described by an eyewitness as the size of a coffee-table, struck her.
Emergency services said nothing could be done to save her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers are now working alongside the council to establish how it happened.
The area remains cordoned off while investigations are ongoing. The family of the victim have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
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High winds brought in by "Storm Doris" are expected to affect many parts of Central England, suspending and delaying train services.
Arriva Trains Wales, said for safety reasons they are running trains at a reduced speed from Shrewsbury to Birmingham Interational (via Wolverhampton & Birmingham New Street).
Services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham International will be suspended between 9.10am and 11.27am.
Passengers are advised to expect delays to their services and / or cancellations. Arriva have this advice for passengers:
- Allow extra time for your journey and check timetabled services regularly
- Take extra care while making journeys
- Passengers can use their tickets for travel on the services of London Midland, Virgin Trains and Cross Country
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