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Safety checks for rail tragedy crossing

Network Rail today promised to look at possible improvements to safety at a level crossing where two teenage girls were killed on Saturday.
Olivia Bazlinton, 14, and her 13-year-old friend Charlotte Thompson died on Saturday when they were struck by a train at Elsenham station in Essex.

A Network Rail spokesman said 'This was a horrible, tragic accident and we have begun an inquiry. We will look at how the crossing works and look at its history and see if we can reasonably do anything to make a safe crossing even safer.'

Olivia and Charlotte are thought to have ignored warning lights and closed barriers to run for a train to Cambridge which had stopped on the other side of the platform.

The girls had stepped a couple of feet on to the track when they were struck by the 7.24am Central Trains' service from Birmingham New Street to Stansted Airport, which was travelling at about 70mph in the other direction.

The Rail Maritime and Transport Union repeated its call for level crossings to be gradually replaced in a bid to avoid further incidents.

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