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Schoolboy killed in fatal collision near railway station

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A Year 11 pupil died after being hit by a train yesterday morning, November 3.

According to the British Transport Police (BTP), officers were called to the rail line near Ivybridge station in Devon at 9.02am following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

Paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service also attended the incident.

However, BTP reported that the person involved had sadly been pronounced dead at the scene, reports Plymouth Live.

Rail services were disrupted while police carried out inquiries at the location, with trains being held at nearby stations for a number of hours.

Following an investigation the force said the matter was not considered to be suspicious and a file would be prepared for the coroner.

The student went to the Ivybridge Community College, which sits around 100m from the rail line.

A statement from the school was sent out to all parents and carers of pupils yesterday afternoon stating that “one of our much-loved students […] from Year 11 tragically died” on Thursday.

The statement, sent by college Principal Rachel Hutchinson, said the family of the youngster were coming to terms with the awful news and that students had been told of the boy’s passing.

She went on to say the college – which is attended by around 2,400 students and more than 250 staff – would be in touch soon with details about how the school would come together to celebrate the youngster’s life as well has how the college would provide “further support for children as they grieve”.

Principal Hutchinson added that if any parents had concerns about how their child was coping with the awful loss of the boy they could contact their child’s tutor.

In addition, she stated that Westcountry Schools Trust and the local authority were supporting the college and would be providing “educational psychology professionals to help us”.

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