Teen, 16, hit and killed by train as she 'took shortcut home' over tracks

A POPULAR teen girl died after being hit by a train when she took a shortcut home across railway tracks, an inquest heart today.

Mary Beary, 16, was captured on CCTV climbing a wall at Broxbourne station in Hertfordshire.

A minute later, the teen was seen "crossing the tracks with her mobile phone in her hand" before being hit by a train.

The inquest heard she died of multiple injuries and there was nothing found during the toxicology report.

David Udomhiaye of British Transport Police (BTP) said there was nothing to suggest it was a deliberate act and there were no suspicious circumstances.

The hearing was told Mary had spent the day with her boyfriend and family but was "distracted" as she was worried about "getting into trouble" when she got home.


She was dropped at the station at around 10pm on July 30 last year and attempted to take the usual shortcut she used to get home.

The train driver said in a statement how he was driving through Broxbourne at 18mph when he "saw something move which could have been anything".

Around two or three seconds later, he heard a crash as Mary was struck by the train.

Emergency crews were scrambled but Mary couldn't be saved and was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.

Her mum Pamela, who had been with Mary earlier in the day getting their eyebrows, eyelashes and nails done, said her daughter was her "usual laughing and happy self".


At 4pm, Mary told her she was going to a friends home a short distance away, which was the last time Pamela saw the schoolgirl alive.

Four hours later, the mum told the inquest she had "a bad feeling wash over me and didn't know what it was" so she attempted to call her daughter 15 times to no avail.

Meanwhile, Mary was with boyfriend Jerry Saunders chatting in his van after a meal at Nando's about marriage and "what it would be like for them".

The hearing was told Mary then saw the missed calls from her mum so left to call her and ask if she was "in trouble".


Pamela said Mary was not crying or shouting but she "could tell she was upset" and "could hear trains in the background".

Recording a verdict of accidental death, assistant coroner Dr Francis Cranfield said: "I considered whether this could have been suicide or an accident but there is nothing to suggest this was suicide.

"I give my sincerest condolences to the family and friends at what must have been an incredible difficult time and still is."

Heartbroken friends and family left floral tributes and balloons for "stunning" Mary after her tragic death.

Daisy Appleton, who also knew Mary, said: "Mary was a very young stunning girl. She was very well known around the community and she was very well liked.

"She will be sadly missed by her poor boyfriend Jerry and her family.

"I will miss you Mary and will keep you in my prayers."

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