Friends of two teenagers hit by a train in Hertfordshire have taken to social networking sites to pay tribute to them.
An 18-year-old schoolboy and a 15-year-old girl, believed to be Charleigh Disbrey, were killed on Monday night after being hit by a First Capital Connect (FCC) service just outside Elstree and Borehamwood station.
Two teenagers have died in an apparent suicide pact after being hit by a train in Borehamwood in Hertfordshire. Their headteacher tonight described them as talented, hard-working and respected members of Hertswood Academy.
A friend said "Instead of dwelling on what just happened, we should be happy we were blessed enough to have known [either of] them." This report is from Tom Barton.
Both teenagers who died in the Hertfordshire train incident last night were "talented, hard-working and well-respected members of our academy," said their headmaster Peter Gillett, of Hertswood Academy.
Hertswood Academy in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire displayed the following message on their website today:
"At the start of the school day today we were contacted by the British Transport Police to inform us of an incident that had occurred overnight involving two of our students.
From the details that we have been given we believe that two of our students, one in year 10, and one in year 13, have tragically died.
Students and staff have been informed this morning and we are offering counselling to those affected by this tragedy. We will be closely monitoring the wellbeing of all students in the coming days and offering any necessary support.
Our thoughts are obviously with the parents and families of those who have died and we would ask all to respect their privacy at this most difficult time."
Roger Perkins, a spokesman for First Capital Connect, said:
“Two youths were hit by our St Albans to Sutton southbound service, 200 yards north of Elstree and Borehamwood station on the Thameslink route.
“There were no passengers on board the train but there were two drivers in the cab, both of whom are being offered our full care and support.
“The emergency services were on the scene investigating and, together with Network Rail, we have been doing everything we can to help.
“This was a shocking incident and our hearts go out to those involved. We have been giving our full support to our employees who were at the scene and will do all we can to help the emergency services in their investigation.”