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'No faults' at Bishop's Stortford rail death crossing

A rail crossing in Hertfordshire where a 15-year-old girl was killed when she was hit by a train, was in full working order, Network Rail has said.

The girl, who has not been named, was struck at Johnson's Footpath Crossing in Bishop's Stortford at about 11:45 GMT on Saturday.

Her death is being treated as a "tragic accident", British Transport Police (BTP) said.

The girl came from Bishop's Stortford. Her next of kin have been informed.

Concerns had previously been raised about the crossing after an 81-year-old woman was killed in 2002 while walking across the track with her dog.

Improved safety measures including a buzzer warning at the crossing and new, track-side gates, were installed in 2003.

'No faults'

A spokesman for Network Rail said investigations were carried out on the crossing immediately after the incident on Saturday and showed no faults with the safety measures in place.

Flashing lights, audible warnings and signalling systems were all operational and there were no problems with the fence and gate at the crossing, he said.

"The crossing was shown to be in full working order," he said.

An inquiry into the full circumstances surrounding the death of the teenager has been launched involving officials from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

Network Rail (NR) is due to appear at Basildon Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, charged with breaching health and safety laws at a rail crossing where two teenage girls were killed in 2005.

Olivia Bazlinton, 14, and Charlotte Thompson, 13, died at nearby Elsenham station, a few miles from Bishop's Stortford, when they were hit by a train while making their way to Cambridge on a shopping trip.

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