Tragedy as teenage pupil, 14, hit by train on way home from school

A teenage boy has been killed after being hit by a train at a Surrey station.

The Year 9 pupil, aged 14, was struck at Chertsey station on Monday just days before the summer holidays are due to start.

Paramedics and police were called to the scene but the teen was pronounced dead at the trackside at around 4pm.

The boy, who has not been named, was a pupil at the Salesian Secondary School in Chertsey.

He is believed to have been standing with other youngsters from the school at the time of the tragedy.

Salesian Secondary School confirmed the teenager was a pupil at the school and said staff and students are being offered counselling.

They cancelled today’s Sports Day so staff could help pupils.

Executive headteacher, James Kibble, said: ‘We were devastated to find out that, following an incident at Chertsey station, one of our Year 9 students has died this afternoon.

‘This is an incredibly difficult situation for everyone but knowing the faith, compassion and strength of our school community, I am confident that we will work together to support one another.

‘This will start from first thing tomorrow and we will be holding a series of assemblies to talk to the students about what has happened and how we can collectively come to terms with this tragedy.

‘We would ask that our community joins together to remember the student and their family in their prayers at this incredibly sad time.’

Mr Kibble said counsellors and an educational psychologist were available at the Guildford Road school to support pupils and urged parents to carry on sending their children to school.

A post mortem will be carried out. Police said that the death was not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said today: ‘Officers were called to Chertsey station at 4pm yesterday (15/07) following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

‘Paramedics also attended but sadly a 14-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘His family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

‘The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.’

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