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Lindsey Inger's Hucknall tram death: Campaigners demand bridge

Tara (left) and Paige (right) Layton
Image caption Tara Layton's daughter Paige was with Lindsey Inger when she was hit by the tram

Friends of a 13-year-old Nottinghamshire girl who died when she was struck by a tram say her death will not be in vain.

Lindsey Inger, from Bulwell, was hit on a rail crossing on Nottingham Road in Hucknall, on Wednesday.

Tara Layton, mother of Lindsey's friend Paige who was with her at the time of the accident, said better safety measures were needed at the crossing.

Rail and tram chiefs are working with police investigating Lindsey's death.

However, Ms Layton is campaigning for a bridge to be built and has started a petition.

"I'm disgusted and I'm hurt and I really feel for the family," said Ms Layton.

"I'm going to do everything I can to make sure a bridge will be put there.

"This could have possibly been Paige, she was one second ahead."

In 2008, Jean Hoggart and her seven-year-old grandson Mikey Dawson died at the same spot.

Image caption Floral tributes at the scene of the accident

Ms Layton added: "It has been horrific and I strongly believe that if they put the bridge there four years ago, this would never have happened.

"This is why everyone is getting involved, because this shouldn't have happened."

Hundreds of people have signed a petition to build a bridge over the crossing.

'Thorough investigation'

Both Network Rail and Tramlink Nottingham, which runs Nottingham Express Transit (NET), said they were working with police to help with the investigation.

Phil Hewitt, chief executive of Tramlink Nottingham, said: "This crossing was subject to a thorough investigation in 2008/09 following another fatal incident here on the other side, the national rail side.

"A number of recommendations were made and those were were fully implemented by Network Rail and NET."

Detectives investigating Lindsey's death are still appealing for passengers on the tram to come forward.

Det Insp Ged Hazelwood said: "We know there were several passengers on the tram when the crash happened, but some of them left the scene without leaving their contact details or speaking to police.

"We need to identify them and find out what they saw on Wednesday evening."

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