Doncaster man dies after train collision

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A Doncaster rail worker has died after being in collision with a train while working in Nottinghamshire.

John Wright, aged 49, who worked for Network Rail, was struck by East Coast Trains’ 10.08am service from London King’s Cross to Newark at Newark Northgate station on January 22 and was airlifted to hospital with severe head injuries but died last Friday.

British Transport Police say they are still investigating the incident, which they are continuing to treat as non-suspicious.

A spokesman said: “I can confirm that a member of Network Rail staff, who was struck by a train at Newark Northgate railway station on Wednesday, 22 January 2014, has sadly died of his injuries in hospital.

“The man, 49-year-old John Wright, from Doncaster, was a member of Network Rail’s on-track team. He sustained serious head injuries and was taken by air ambulance to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.

“BTP was informed by hospital staff that the man had died at 5.35pm on January 31. Our thoughts remain with Mr Wright’s family at this difficult time and we have specially trained officers providing them support.

“Detectives are currently working to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident, which is not being treated as suspicious.”

Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “We are all deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with our colleague’s friends and family.”

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch are also investigating.