Sussex

Girl's railway death in West Sussex 'accidental'

Megan Moore
Image caption Megan Moore was a media student at Chichester College

A teenager who fell to her death after running alongside a train may have been unsteady on her feet after drinking vodka, an inquest has heard.

Megan Moore, 16, died instantly after slipping between the train and the platform at Angmering station near Littlehampton on 21 November last year.

The combination of wearing heels plus a high level of alcohol may have caused her to slip, investigators said.

Coroner Penelope Schofield said Ms Moore's death was a "tragic accident".

The inquest at Worthing Town Hall heard Ms Moore, of East Preston, West Sussex, had been on a night out with a friend in Worthing.

On the return train journey, the pair boarded the 22.17 London Victoria to Bognor Regis Southern service, alighting at Angmering.

'Fun-loving girl'

Train conductor Stephanie Meek spotted Megan running beside the train after she had gone through her check procedures.

"I thought, 'What on earth is she doing?' because it's so unusual. Then I thought she might move away.

"My next thought was that she must be caught because the train started to pick up speed and she was staying right next to it."

Image caption Floral tributes were laid to Miss Moore at Angmering station

"She then fell and I thought, 'Oh my God, she has fallen'."

The train performed an emergency stop and halted partly inside the station.

Insp Gary Ancell said Ms Moore had a blood alcohol reading which was three times the legal drink-drive limit.

He said: "The alcohol, plus Megan wearing heels, may have resulted in her becoming unsteady on her feet and falling."

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Ms Schofield said Ms Moore's death illustrated the consequences of young people consuming high levels of alcohol.

In a statement outside the hearing, Ms Moore's family said she was a "caring and fun-loving" girl.

It read: "Megan will be remembered by her family and many friends for her kind nature, her wicked sense of humour and her infectious smile."

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