Leeds & West Yorkshire

Memorial to Leeds railway worker unveiled

Plaque
Image caption The brass plaque was paid for by a collection among Mr Rodgerson's colleagues

A memorial garden dedicated to a Leeds railway worker who died when he was hit by a train has been unveiled.

Ernest Rodgerson, 60, was hit by an empty train just outside Leeds city station on 2 December 2009.

Mr Rodgerson's friends, family and colleagues attended the opening ceremony at the garden near Water Lane, Leeds.

The garden includes a brass plaque dedicated to Mr Rodgerson, who worked on the railways for 35 years.

'Happy ending'

A Rail Accident Investigation Branch report described him as an "experienced and safety conscious" man.

Carl Sinclair, a colleague of Mr Rodgerson, said he hoped the garden would be a fitting memorial.

He said: "It just goes to show that even in these hard times, when people are losing their jobs and businesses are going under, that people still care.

"This is a story with a tragic beginning but a very happy ending."

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