TRAGEDY UPDATE: Train death boy named

PUBLISHED: 10:24 03 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:24 03 July 2013


Tributes paid to teenager George Werb, from Colyton, a pupil at Woodroffe Comprehensive School in Lyme Regis

The 15-year-old boy killed when he was struck by a train near Axminster on Friday has been named locally as George Werb, from Colyton.

He was a pupil at Woodroffe Comprehensive School in Lyme Regis where students were informed of his death on Monday.

In a statement the school has said: “The tragic news of the death of one of our students, George Werb, has come as a huge shock to the school and we will find the next few days very difficult.

“George was a very able student and extremely hard working.

“He was especially talented in drama both at school and with a number of amateur dramatic clubs in Colyton.

“In Year 7, George’s fantastic singing voice won him his year group’s talent show and he was a prominent member of the school choir.

“Our thoughts are with George’s family and friends at this very sad time.”

British Transport Police confirmed on Monday that the boy who died was 15 years old and from the Colyton area.

A spokesman said: “Officers from BTP and Devon and Cornwall Police attended the railway line near Lexhayne Lane, Axminster, Devon, on Friday June 28 after a report of a person being struck by a train.

“Medics from the South Western Ambulance Service also attended and located a body of 15-year-old boy from the Colyton area at the scene.

“The incident, which was reported to BTP at 7.06am, is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“A file is being prepared for the coroner, who is expected to open and adjourn an inquest into the boy’s death later this week.”

The spokesman for BTP said that the train involved was 6.15am service from Yeovil Junction to Exeter and that the line was handed back to Network Rail at 8.16am.

He added that the train was travelling at about 75mph.

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