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Families of schoolboys left injured after an electric shock near rail line to sue over their 'psychological trauma'

The familes of three boys are planning to sue over their psychological trauma Credit: ITV Central News

The families of three young boys who were injured near a railway in the Black Country are to sue rail bosses.

The 13-year-olds were injured last June when they were near a rail storage yard in Bescot on parkland next to Durham Road, near Wednesbury.

Now their families are suing rail bosses for the physical injuries and "psychological trauma" they suffered.

One boy was injured when he came into contact with a 25,000 volt cable, another suffered minor burns, while the third was left traumatised after witnessing it.

Their families have hired a lawyer to sue railway bosses over the accident, claiming they should have done more to stop the boys getting into the yard.

The lawyer is also warning other children and young people to take heed of what happened to the boys and not play near the railways over the summer holidays.

It is well known that children, commonly teenagers, will play upon railway property, or enter to 'train surf. The fact that they are not permitted to be there does not absolve the railway operator or landowner of any responsibilities to the children trespassing.

– Lawyer Tony Hannington, a partner at Birmingham personal injury firm Lime Solicitors

Mr Hannington said the legal action was in its early stages and the families wanted a financial settlement to cover injuries and also the psychological trauma they suffered which required ongoing counselling.

The families claim a "big gaping hole" in the fence had not been repaired and allowed the boys to get in.

The families want compensation for the "psychological trauma" the boys suffered, as well as their physical injuries.

We are assisting the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) with its investigation into this incident and therefore it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.

– Spokesperson for DB Cargo