Railway teen death verdict

Alan Woods.
Alan Woods.
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MYSTERY still surrounds the death of a Carnforth teenager who was found dead on a railway line earlier this year.

Alan Woods, 17, from Prince Avenue, was last seen buying a bottle of Coke and a bag of Magic Stars sweets from the Truckhaven truck stop on the A6 near Carnforth at 2.30am on June 18.

Just over three hours later, the driver of the 5.46am First Transpennine Express from Lancaster to Windermere saw what was later identified as the body of Mr Woods between the railway lines.

Dr Nicholas Mapstone, consultant pathologist at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, told an inquest that Mr Woods, a bricklaying and joinery student at Lancaster and Morecambe College, suffered multiple injuries consistent with being hit by a train.

Martin Bennett, forecourt attendant at Truckhaven near Carnforth, is believed to be the last person to see Mr Woods alive when he sold him a bottle of fizzy drink and bag of chocolates.

See The Visitor (08-11-11) for full story.