A 14-year-old boy was killed instantly after stepping on to an electrified rail line to pick up a cigarette lighter.A terrible tragedy, and a reminder that no amount of warnings and safeguards will ever prevent people doing stupid things.
Elliott Ives, who was wearing wet clothes, stepped off the platform at a railway station and onto the live rail.
At least this time there's no-one to blame except the boy himsel...
Coroner David Horsley said: 'Elliott has died not because of anything anyone else has done but due to unforeseen circumstances of trying to get a lighter or lighters from the track. I don't think he appreciated the danger that was there.He was 14! And a human being, not a magpie! Who on earth could have foreseen this?
'I am concerned there are things left on the railway track that could be an attraction to children. I think more should be done to clear them up.'
Elliott's mother Michaela Nichols, 38, said her son was a fun-loving boy. He said: 'He could not understand dangers. You could tell him something and two minutes later he would do it again. They need to clear rubbish off the railway.'I'm sorry..? You've admitted your son was an idiot incapable of learning, yet it's still somehow the fault of the railway..?