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West Country woman died after running ‘straight’ to oncoming Cross Country train Bath City News

An inquest heard a woman died after running ‘straight’ towards a Cross Country train. Plymouth Coroner’s Court opened the inquest into the death of Barbie Woodman, 37, on Thursday May 4.

Senior Coroner Ian Arrow heard how Ms Woodman was born in Plymouth and lived a short distance from the town’s main train station. Mr Arrow told how Ms Woodman died ‘on tracks above Ashford Hill Road, under the railway bridge’ on April 7 at 3.22pm.

As Plymouth Live reported, all local train lines were blocked for several hours and all trains were canceled following the incident. At the time, British Transport Police confirmed that one person had died at the scene.

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Mr Arrow said the driver of a Cross Country passenger train traveling from Plymouth to Totnes ‘reported that a woman had come out of the undergrowth at the side of the tracks and had run straight ahead of his approaching train”. He added: “He couldn’t stop the train and a collision took place.

“Barbie Woodman was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no suspicious circumstances.”

Mr Arrow noted that the medical cause of death was currently pending further investigation. He adjourned the inquest until a full hearing later this year.

At the time, a BTP spokesperson said: ‘Officers were called to the line in Plymouth following reports of an injury on the tracks. Paramedics were also present, but unfortunately one person was pronounced dead at the scene. This incident is not being treated as suspicious.

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