Inquest hears that ‘unanswered and unanswerable questions’ remain over Wisbech woman’s death on rail line

A WISBECH woman struck by a freight train on a Suffolk rail line died from severe head injuries but there remain “unanswered and unanswerable questions” surrounding her death.

Tracey George, 25, who was known as Tracey Henman, died from severe head injuries after she was struck by a train at a railway crossing at Santon Downham on March 14 last year.

Today’s inquest at Bury St Edmunds into her death heard how toxicology results showed she had 176 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - which is more than twice over the legal limit for drink driving - and traces of diazepam were also found.

Freight train driver Paul Fennelow, who regularly drives trains on the line between Norwich and Peterborough, reported striking a person on the track at about 9.30pm.

He said the lone figure in dark clothing apparently made no attempt to move further away from the track.


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“I could not believe someone would be in this location, and it was such a dark and isolated spot. She seemed to have no reaction,” he said.

Investigations concluded no other person had been involved in the death of Ms George, of Wistaria Road, Wisbech, and the train’s brakes had been working normally.

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Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean recorded an open verdict into her death as there were unanswered and unanswerable questions.

“Essentially we don’t know what the intentions of Tracey were at that time,” he said.

At the time of her death a 45-year-old man was arrested and bailed on suspicion of false imprisonment but he was later freed and no charges were brought.

An hour before Tracey’s death police had received a call about a domestic incident on a boat on the River Little Ouse at Brandon. She had been living on a boat prior to her death.

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