Youngster was hit by a train in Chertsey, Surrey at around 4pm on Monday Witness said 50 schoolchildren watched on screaming and calling out to him Paramedics attended the station but child was pronounced dead at the scene Headmaster of school says pupils and staff are in shock and receiving support
Tributes have been left to a 14-year-old boy who died after ‘lying down on the tracks’ in front of a rush-hour train as 50 classmates watched on in horror and desperately screamed out to him.
The 14-year-old boy – named locally as Sam Connor – was killed after being hit by the vehicle at Chertsey station on Monday afternoon.
A dozen floral tributes have been left at the station today tied up to the railings with messages of love and support including: ‘So sorry that life wasn’t kinder to you sweetheart. RIP Angel’.
Some schoolchildren claimed he was ‘being bullied’ at Salesian School – a Roman Catholic comprehensive in Chertsey and witnesses said he ‘handed over his belongings’ to friends before jumping onto the platform.
A passenger, known only as Lewis, was travelling on the service from Chiswick and saw the incident as the train came into Chertsey Station.
Lewis, 28, of Weybridge, said: ‘The train stopped very suddenly with only one carriage alongside the platform. I thought maybe one of the kids had dropped their phone as they were all looking down at the wheels of the carriage.
‘We saw some of the girls starting to cry; we saw some of the boys leaning down, literally on their knees, calling down between the train and the tracks, calling ‘Sam, Sam’.’
‘That’s when we realised something was wrong. There was a girl on phone, crying, trying to talk to the driver.’
Lewis, who travels with the schoolchildren every day on his commute, said there were between 40 and 50 youngsters waiting to catch the train and when he realised that they were from Salesian School, he rang the teachers to tell them what had happened.
He said the children stayed on the platform for around 10 minutes after the boy was hit before being ushered away.
He added: ‘They were all looking down, whatever they saw must have been horrific.’
Lewis said he was told to stay on the train for a further 30 minutes while the paramedics, police and train staff dealt with the incident.
A school spokesman said they had ‘no record’ of the boy being bullied and could make no further comment currently.
In a statement the British Transport Police said: ‘Officers were called to Chertsey station at 4pm yesterday (July 15) 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.’
The same paramedics who went to the scene in Chertsey were called to the next station on the line last night where a person had thrown themselves under a train.
The victim at Woking rail station in Surrey could not be saved and was certified dead on the tracks.
No details of the person were available last night and it was not known if there was any connection between the two deaths.