Man who died on Bestwood Village tram crossing 'may have taken own life'
TRANSPORT police believe a man who died after he was hit by a train may have intended to take his own life.
The man, believed to be in his forties, was hit at the crossing, near Bestwood Village, on Saturday afternoon.
Police were called to the Moor Bridge crossing around 1.10pm and are not treating the incident as suspicious.
The crossing – the same as the one where teenager Lindsey Inger was killed by a tram in November – has been temporarily closed.
Sergeant Mark Rushin from the British Transport Police said: "From the evidence that we have at the moment, this is not suspicious and it was a deliberate act by the person that was struck by the train."
The crossing was closed and a review is being undertaken this morning which will determine its future.
Plans were already in place for a footbridge to be built over the crossing, which goes across both train and tram tracks, prior to the latest death, but it is not known when this will happen. Councillor Chris Baron said the decision to close the crossing is in the interests of everybody.
He added: "In the interim it's being closed, and I suspect it will be closed permanently until the footbridge is put in.
"At the end of the day it doesn't make any difference if it is suicide or a pedestrian. That is now deemed as a very unsafe crossing."
Councillor Baron said that a planning application for a footbridge at the crossing is expected to be submitted sometime this month.
He added: "Hopefully, within four to six months the new bridge will be up.
" I have thoughts and sympathies with people who use that crossing."
A man who lives in a house overlooking the train line said: "I noticed the trains and trams were stopping.
"I didn't know what to do, I find it hard. It's tragic."
An East Midlands Trains spokesman said the line was closed for around an hour.
He added: "The incident happened around 1.10pm and involved the 12.37pm Mansfield Woodhouse to Nottingham service.
"As a result of the incident, there were delays of up to 60 minutes between Nottingham and Mansfield. Replacement bus services were in operation and some services between Nottingham and Worksop were diverted.
"Normal services resumed at 2.50pm after the incident was dealt with by emergency services. We would like to apologise to passengers for the disruption to their services."
The latest death is the fifth at the crossing.
Jean Hoggart, 65, and her grandson Michael Dawson, 7, also died there four years ago after being hit by a train.
In September 2009, Janet Sawyer, 52, of West Hallam, Derbyshire, was killed after deliberately stepping out in front of a train.
Lindsey Inger, 13, of Bulwell, died at the crossing on November 28.