Lindsey Inger Hucknall tram death: Family call for crossing closure
THE family of a teenager killed by a tram say they want to see the crossing where it happened closed for an urgent safety review.
Lindsey Inger, 13, died after the accident at a pedestrian level crossing near Bestwood Village last Wednesday.
The tragedy happened four years after the death of a woman and her grandson on the same crossing.
Now, Lindsey's family are calling for the crossing to be closed until a review of safety has been carried out.
Her foster mum, Marlene Starling, told the Post: "They need to shut it down until we know whether or not we can have a bridge for the crossing, so it doesn't happen to anyone else.
"Some other little girl or boy could be killed there.
"Everyone in our family would now like to see that crossing closed."
Jean Hoggart, 65, and grandson Michael Dawson, 7, were killed on the rail-line side of the crossing in November 2008. Jean's widower, Laurence, and local politicians are also calling for the safety of the crossing to be reviewed.
Mrs Starling, who had fostered Lindsey since she was a baby and who the teenager called mum, said the family had been overwhelmed by support from the community.
She also said they wanted to speak out against a report in a national newspaper that Lindsey had been playing chicken when she was hit.
The family say she was walking with three other girls to a friend's house when the accident happened and did not see the tram coming.
Tasha Selway, 20, who was also raised by Mrs Starling and who Lindsey considered her sister, said: "The crossing needs to be closed. More should have been done years ago."