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Train driver's track horror

PUBLISHED: 19:33 28 June 2003 | UPDATED: 14:03 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH-based train driver is today recovering at home, after witnessing the death of a young man who apparently threw himself on the railway line after killing his ex-girlfriend.

AN IPSWICH-based train driver is today recovering at home, after witnessing the death of a young man who apparently threw himself on the railway line after killing his ex-girlfriend.

Kim Bruno Rothe died instantly after he was hit by an Anglia Railways Turbostar InterCity train returning from Liverpool Street to Ipswich late on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old had recently split with his girlfriend Keely Donovan, 22, who lived with her parents in Chingford in north east London.

Her body was later found in his flat at Leyton in east London. Her worried parents had reported her missing to the police at the weekend.

Today Anglia Railways spokesman Peter Meades said the driver had been badly shocked by the incident, and been offered counselling.

"He's currently off work and we are offering him support," he said.

"The train didn't have any passengers on board at the time - it was empty returning from London to Ipswich for Monday morning's early service.

"It's always dreadful when this kind of thing happens - but there's been quite a lot of publicity about this incident and that makes it worse.

"It sometimes takes a few days for what has happened to sink in as well - the driver is still off work," Mr Meades said.

Miss Donovan was a city underwriter and had recently split up from Mr Rothe, a mobile phone salesman.

The investigation into her death is being led by the Metropolitan police who are working with the British Transport Police whose officers are investigating Mr Rothe's death.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that the two incidents were being linked, but could not say any more until investigations were complete.

However a police source told The Evening Star: "We are pretty sure he killed her and then went to the railway line and laid down in front of the train.

"It must have been dreadful for the train driver, poor guy."

The Star understands that a letter found at the flat has indicated to police that no one else was involved in the incident.

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