Hospital patient killed on train line

Robin Hood Line
Robin Hood Line

A PATIENT from Highbury Hospital in Bulwell has been killed by a train in the fourth death on the Robin Hood Line in less than three years.

Michael Wright (28) was hit by the 11.38 pm service from Nottingham to Worksop on Thursday February 17 at the Basford chemical works crossing next to the Highbury Vale tram stop in Bulwell.

His his body was not discovered until 1.38 pm the next day — a full 14 hours later.

Both the railway and Nottingham Express Transit (NET) tram lines were blocked while British Transport Police (BTP) and local police carried out an investigation.

Tram and train services were stopped for almost an hour until the lines were re-opened at 2.34 pm.

An inquest was opened yesterday (Thursday) at Nottingham into the death of Mr Wright, who was from Eastwood.

But the BTP say the tragedy is not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Wright was a voluntary patient at Highbury Hospital, which caters for adults with mental health problems.

His death is the latest tragedy to hit the Robin Hood Line, which runs through Hucknall, Bulwell and Newstead in the Dispatch district.

In November 2008, Jean Hoggart (56), of Barbara Square, Hucknall, and her autistic grandson, Mikey Dawson (seven), were killed when they were hit by a train at the ‘Bonemill’ crossing between Moor Road, Bestwood Village, and Nottingham Road, Hucknall.

An inquest heard that the crossing spans both train lines and the NET tram track and that although Mrs Hoggart was aware of a tram on the line, she didn’t spot or hear the train until it was too late.

On September 28 2009, Janet Sawyer (52), of West Hallam, Derbyshire, committed suicide at the same point on the rail line, leading to the spot being branded a ‘crossing of death’.