Mysterious train death man was teenager

POLICE have confirmed that the victim of a Suffolk rail accident just days before Christmas was a teenager.Edwin Humberstone died on the main line between Ipswich and Norwich on December 19.

POLICE have confirmed that the victim of a Suffolk rail accident just days before Christmas was a teenager.

Edwin Humberstone died on the main line between Ipswich and Norwich on December 19.

The 16-year-old, from Biggleswade in Bedfordshire, died when he was hit by a train travelling from Cambridge to Ipswich just north of Stowmarket.

At the time there was no firm evidence of his identity, the only clue was a Stowmarket telephone number found on his body.

A full inquest into his death is due to be held at Ipswich Crown Court on April 29.

The incident sent shockwaves through the community in the run-up to Christmas.

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The Ipswich-based driver of the train – the only witness to the tragedy – was off work for a few days and was then offered counselling.

However he is likely to have to relive the fateful night at the inquest.

The tragedy happened at an unmanned foot crossing across the main line, known as Lancaster's Crossing.

The inquest is expected to focus on whether the death was a tragic accident or whether the teenager had planned to commit suicide.

The train itself was not damaged in the incident, and after the body was removed and police completed their initial search of the area it was able to continue its journey to Ipswich.

Police and rail officials continued their investigations in daylight the next morning – the results of these will be reported to the coroner at the inquest.

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