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Author Topic: Fatality between Reading and Basingstoke causes cancellations (28 December 2009)  (Read 8409 times)
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« on: December 28, 2009, 09:02:23 pm »

From FGW (First Great Western) live updates:

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Line problem between Reading and Basingstoke.
28 December 2009
Train services are being disrupted due to a person hit by a train between Reading and Basingstoke. Short notice cancellations can be expected.
Road Transport has now been sourced and will operate between Reading and Basingstoke in both directions.
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2009, 07:23:17 am »

Regrettably, "person hit by train" is usually fatal ... but are we sure it was fatal in this case?
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2009, 10:07:30 am »

I know that line well, and there's several footpaths cross the line, as well as a road crossing. Hopefully it's not a fatality (though odds on it is)
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2009, 02:06:00 pm »

Fair point, chaps. While the FGW (First Great Western) live updates site referred to this incident as 'a person hit by a train', one of the local press travel updates used the word 'fatality' - although that travel update seemed to disappear later last night when the track was reopened.

I'll do some more digging ...  Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009, 02:19:25 pm »

It was a fatality Chris.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2009, 02:29:32 pm »

Thanks, Ollie.  Sad
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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2010, 11:25:04 pm »

From the Sun:

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Love cheat took life on rail track

Love cheat Michael Blanchflower confessed to his wife and daughter that he had been having a secret affair ^ then went to a railway track, lay his head on the line and waited for a train.
Chemical technician Michael, 54, died instantly when he was decapitated shortly after sending a final text to wife Jennifer apologising for his infidelity and signing off: "Sorry for everything."
An inquest heard that just the day before his body was found he had admitted to having a mistress and had moved out of the family home he shared with his devastated wife of 27 years.
The guilt ridden father-of-one from Basingstoke, Hants, then decided to dramatically end his own life.
Wife Jennifer told the inquest at Alton, Hants: "He could never lie to me and felt that he had to tell me what he was doing. He couldn't live with himself and in the end told me everything."
Coroner Andrew Bradley heard that Mr Blanchfower left his wife on Boxing Day and returned the next day to tell her and daughter Amy, 19, about his mistress.
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