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Boy, 18, and girl, 14, killed by train in suspected suicide pact

 

Boy, 18, and girl, 14, killed by train in suspected suicide pact

A teenage boy and a girl from the same secondary school have been killed after jumping in front of a train in an apparent suicide pact.

A teenage boy and a girl from the same secondary school have been killed after jumping in front of a train in an apparent suicide pact.
The two teenagers jumped infront of a train travelling at 90mph at Borehamwood in Hertfordshire Photo: Luton/South Beds News Agency
 

The 18-year-old and 14-year-old were hit by the empty train which was travelling at 90mph on the fast line at Borehamwood in Hertfordshire just before 9pm on Monday night.

It is believed that each of them was found with a suicide note.

The boy was in Year 13, taking his A-levels, and the girl was in Year 10 and about to go into her GCSE year at Hertswood Academy in Borehamwood,

The school are offering counselling to their students after being informed of the incident this morning, and all pupils have been sent home.

They jumped in front of the train giving the driver of the St Albans to Sutton train no chance to stop, it is said.

A source close to the investigation claimed: "They were aged 18 and 14. It is a terrible waste of life. They climbed down to the track and jumped out in front of the train.

“It was going from St Albans to Sutton. It was running late and was on the fast line because of engineering work. When the driver struck them he put on the brakes and stopped at the station, which is about half a mile down the track.

"Notes were found on them."

A green sign from the Samaritans was attached to a post after the tragedy giving a number for people with suicidal thoughts to call.

The school released a statement saying that the British Transport informed them of the incident involving their students at the start of the school day.

“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,” the school said.

"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 well-being 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."

East of England Ambulance spokesman Gary Sanderson said: "On arrival it was evident nothing could be done and both patients were pronounced dead shortly after."

British Transport police have launched an investigation into the “full circumstances surrounding the incident, which is currently being treated as non-suspicious”, a spokesperson said.

"The train involved was a St Albans to Sutton service."

Samaritans is available round-the-clock on 08457 90 90 90

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