Girl,13, killed at tram crossing was not playing chicken, insist her friends
The friends of a teenage girl killed by a tram at a level crossing have reacted angrily to claims she was playing 'chicken' on the line.
Lindsey Marie Inger, 13, died after being struck by the tram at Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, on Wednesday. Four years ago Jean Hoggart, 56, and her seven-year-old grandson Mikey Dawson were killed at the exact same spot.
Lindsey had been walking home with her friends when the incident happened, and they say she did not see or hear the tram before it hit her.
They have slammed suggestions that Lindsey had been playing dares on the line.
"They weren't playing chicken. I'm furious it's being suggested," said Tara Layton, whose daughter Paige was with Lindsey when she died.
Campaigners are now calling for the 'death-trap' crossing to be closed, adding that nothing had been done to improve safety at the site since Mrs Hoggart and her grandson's deaths four years ago.
Local councillor Chris Baron said Lindsey 'had her whole life ahead of her' and said it was time the crossing was sorted out 'before we have another fatality'.
Network Rail and tram operator Nottingham Express Transit are investigating the incident. Neil Wood, NET general manager told This Is Nottingham that an inquiry was underway.
"First and foremost we need to stress that our thoughts and sympathies are with the teenager's family at this time," he said.
"We have launched our own internal inquiry into the incident and of course are cooperating fully with the police crash investigation team and the rail accident investigation branch."