Family pay tribute to teen killed by train at Yarnbrook

Wiltshire Times: Mary Stroman Mary Stroman

Tributes have been paid to teenager Mary Stroman who died after being struck by a train in Yarnbrook on Wednesday, January 15.

The 16-year-old, of Hornsey, in London, was hit near the Aintree Avenue crossing at around 8.20pm and was pronounced dead at the scene.

British Transport Police (BTP) has been investigating the incident and Mary’s family has released a statement through them.

It said: “To all her friends and people who knew her, please remember Mary as a bright, clever and funny girl who was gentle and kind to everyone.

“She loved animals and the outdoors, and she always had great love and affection for all of her family. Mary is now at peace with herself and it was an honour to have her as a daughter and a sister.

“Thank you to all of our family and friends who have supported, and are continuing to support us.”

It is understood that Mary had been staying in the area and her family are planning a memorial to honour her.

Before Mary died, Wiltshire Police were called to the area to investigate a report of a missing person.

BTP do not believe the circumstances of Mary’s death to be suspicious.

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1:49pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Mike Hawkins says...

So very sad to see such a young life taken. Sincere commiserations to her family and friends.
So very sad to see such a young life taken. Sincere commiserations to her family and friends. Mike Hawkins
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4:57pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Susarah says...

I am so sorry we have lost another wonderful young person. My commiserations to Mary's family and friends. This again teaches us to remain vigilant and respectful towards others.
I am so sorry we have lost another wonderful young person. My commiserations to Mary's family and friends. This again teaches us to remain vigilant and respectful towards others. Susarah
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12:26am Wed 29 Jan 14

jbncer says...

It is so sad that a young life is taken in this way and my commiserations go to Mary's family who must be devastated. Give a thought also to the train driver and train guard and their families as such accidents are equally devastating to them as well. A train travelling at speed simply cannot stop in these circumstances and the driver can see it all happening in front of him with little or no time to react. He or she will need special counselling and support just as much as Mary's family as they all come to terms with this tragedy.
It is so sad that a young life is taken in this way and my commiserations go to Mary's family who must be devastated. Give a thought also to the train driver and train guard and their families as such accidents are equally devastating to them as well. A train travelling at speed simply cannot stop in these circumstances and the driver can see it all happening in front of him with little or no time to react. He or she will need special counselling and support just as much as Mary's family as they all come to terms with this tragedy. jbncer
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