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Elderly Cherry Willingham couple struck by train named

The elderly couple who were struck by a freight train in Cherry Willingham on July 9 have been named by British Transport Police.

They were Peter Smith, aged 80, and Betty Evelyn Smith aged 79.

As previously reported, the incident happened near the Croft Lane level crossing at around 11.57am, where the couple were hit by the train, heading to Immingham Docks on Humberside.

Emergency services attended the scene, where the couple were pronounced dead.

Croft Lane was closed off to motorists and pedestrians and emergency services put up a screen to shield passers by while they cleared the scene.

Officers are continuing to investigate the incident, which is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

In a statement released through BTP, the family of the couple said: “We are deeply saddened by our loss and we would now like to ask for privacy while we come to terms with what has happened.”