BREAKING NEWS: Tributes to girl (13) killed in tram tragedy

Lindsey Inger
Lindsey Inger

A 13-YEAR-old girl who was killed at a notorious crossing after being hit by a tram has been described as ‘beautiful and outgoing’.

Tributes have flooded in for Lindsey Inger, of Bulwell, who died in a tragic accident on the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) line on the Hucknall/Bulwell border on Wednesday night.

The youngster was crossing the line with friends near the junction of Nottingham Road, Hucknall and Hucknall Lane Bulwell at a site near to Bestwood Village, at 7 pm.

Lindsey was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham but later died.

The accident happened at a crossing where, almost exactly four years ago, Hucknall grandma Jean Hoggart and her grandson, Mikey Dawson, were killed.

The crossing sees trams run parallel with the Robin Hood train line. It was a train that killed Mrs Hoggart and her grandson.

The site has been labelled a ‘crossing of death’ in the past and some safety improvements have been made.

But in light of the death of Lindsey, there has been a call for more action, including from Hucknall’s Conservative MP, Mark Spencer.

However, initial thoughts have been of sympathy for Lindsey’s friends and family.

Tara Layton, the mother of Lindsey’s friend Paige who was with her when the accident happened, said: “Lindsey was a beautiful, loving, outgoing girl and unfortunately her life has been taken through not having the right equipment on the pathway.”

Flowers have been placed at the scene and a tribute page has been set up on the social-networking site Facebook.

The collision happened on a section of the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) track near the junction of Nottingham Road, Hucknall and Hucknall Lane, Bulwell — although police have not yet disclosed the exact location.

The girl, who has not been named, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham on Wednesday night and the tram driver was treated for shock. The tram involved was stationary as police, firefighters and ambulance crews dealt with the accident.

NET general manager Neil Wood said: “First and foremost, we need to stress that our thoughts and sympathy are with the teenager’s family at this time.

“We have launched our own internal inquiry into the incident and we are co-operating fully with both the police crash investigation team and the rail accident investigation branch.”

Mr Spencer said he had spoken to local councillors and the police to urgently discuss safety improvements at the scene of the tragedy. He had also written to the general mnanager of NET to support their inquiry and requested a meeting to discuss safety on the line.

The MP added: “This is tragic news and my sympathies are of course with the victim’s family and friends.

“My thoughts are also with the tram driver following this dreadful accident.

“We obviously need to look at the tramline. It is right that NET has launched an inquiry and I am hoping to meet with their general manager to discuss how we intend to move forward.”

A man who lives nearby but did not want to be identified said he was with his girlfriend walking his dog at the time of the accident.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call the crash investigation team on 101 extension 800 2225.