Parents tribute to Adwick rail death son

Rail incident between Bentley and Adwick-le-Street. Evidence is collected.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham D4450MB
Rail incident between Bentley and Adwick-le-Street. Evidence is collected. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D4450MB

THE parents of a man killed by a high-speed train in Doncaster have paid tribute to their much loved son.

Richard Straw was killed when an East Coast service ploughed into him and his three-year-old daughter on the line between Bentley and Adwick.

The girl was airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital. She was in a critical condition.

The parents of the 28-year-old from Bentley said in a statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our son Richard and remain gravely concerned for the welfare of our granddaughter, who is still in a critical condition in hospital.

“Richard was much loved by his family and friends.

“The family would like to thank everyone for their help and support. This is a very difficult, sad and distressing time for us all.”

An inquest into the death of Mr Straw, who was hit by the train just before 12.30pm on Monday, is expected to open this afternoon.

Trains travel at speeds up to 100mph on the stretch of track where the pair were hit.