A man and his wife Melissa Wood, 27, and Christopher Linley, 34 have died at a railway station after ‘jumping in front of a train while hugging each other.
Witnesses said the pair, both from Doncaster, were “hugging” when they leaped off platform one. Melissa’s family said her death had left a “huge gap in the hearts of all” and her mum said she wanted to thank everyone who had may have tried to help her daughter.
Horrified witnesses said the two leapt off the platform at Doncaster Railway Station in front of an oncoming train shortly after 8:00pm on Tuesday. It is believed they bought tickets to get past the barriers at the station. British Transport Police confirmed the deaths and said officers were working to identify the victims.
Virgin Trains also confirmed the incident and said trains were cancelled as a result. Writing on the firm’s official Twitter account, a spokesperson said: “My heart is broken for all involved in this tragic incident. Services are returning to normal but so much pain will remain.”
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “At 6.46pm, a man and woman were seen on CCTV arriving at the station.
“They moved around the concourse and various platforms, occasionally sitting in waiting rooms. At 8.23pm, they were struck by a train on the tracks at Platform 1. “Officers would like to speak to anyone who was at the station and saw the two people beforehand, or saw the incident, and hasn’t spoken to police yet.