Accidental death verdict after Ryedale level crossing tragedy

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A retired farm hand failed to check if the coast was clear when he was killed by a rush hour passenger train while crossing a railway line, an inquest heard today. (Monday, September 1)

Eric Ireland, 77, of Moorsholme, Scampston, died at the scene after his car was struck by the train at the Ivy Lea rail crossing in Scampston at 9.06am on May 7.

The inquest at Scarborough Town Hall heard how the former lorry driver did not call the signal station at Malton to discover if there were any trains on the line.

Motorists must use one of the phones on either side of the crossing to ring up the signal box to seek authority and ensure that is safe to cross.

The front off side of Mr Ireland’s vehicle was hit by the 8.48am service from Scarborough to York which was travelling at 70mph.

The force of the impact threw Mr Ireland, who was not wearing a seatbelt, from the car - leaving him with a cervical spine and rib fractures and a ruptured aorta.

Coroner Michael Oakley recorded a verdict of accidental death.

*Read more in Wednesday’s Malton and Pickering Mercury and Thursday’s Scarborough News.