June 25, 2022

A “KIND and loving” Scots teen who died after being hit by a educate was trying to rescue an wounded animal from the tracks. 

A close loved ones good friend of Joseph Willcocks revealed that the selfless teen was seeking to help save the animal from the teach line close to Dunfermline, Fife on Wednesday.

The relocating train hit the schoolboy, considered to be 17-many years-old, with a “glancing” blow as he tried out to operate off the tracks.

Joseph Willcocks who was killed by the train
A close loved ones pal claimed that Joseph had been assisting to rescue an hurt animal from the observe.

Unexpected emergency companies scrambled to the line at all around 2pm on Wednesday.

But the impression proved to be much too critical and Joseph was tragically pronounced lifeless at the scene.

Pursuing speculation around the instances bordering Joseph’s loss of life, relatives mate Steven Manderson took to social media on Saturday to make clear what transpired.

He wrote: “Following on from Wednesday’s news of the tragic loss of life of the young boy on the railway line in Dunfermline. 

“After law enforcement enquiries and CCTV footage, the police have confirmed to the relatives that it was in actuality a tragic incident.
“This family are shut buddies. A loving relatives and the death of their son is unquestionably devastating for them.
“It seems he has gone on to assistance/rescue an wounded animal.
“The practice strike him with a ‘glancing’ blow as he attempted to get off the tracks. Unfortunately the affect was just as well critical.”

He continued: “It’s critical to the household and absolutely everyone that appreciates them that this is recognised for what it was, a tragic tragic accident resulting in the loss of existence of a youthful person who had anything to live for.
Joseph’s auntie, Julie Smart, also took to Facebook to launch a assertion on behalf of her relatives.

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She stated: “On behalf of my sister, brother-in-regulation, niece, myself and all our household, I want to verify that on Wednesday we lost our dearest Joseph in a tragic incident. 
“We want to respectfully permit everybody know that Joseph did not choose his personal everyday living. 
“We have witnessed the feedback and want to put the file straight and do not want this perceived as something other than what it essentially was.

Steven Manderson's Facebook post
Family close friend Steven Manderson wrote to Fb to assist quit speculation around Joseph’s loss of life.

“The predicament is deeply upsetting and our full entire world has been turned upside down. He was our particular,wonderful boy. 
“To us he was a son, a twin brother, a nephew, a grandson and a cousin. We need to have time, place and respect to deal with our reduction.” 
The posts have been inundated with hundreds of messages from men and women sending their condolences.

Michelle Drummond wrote: “This is so tragic, I just can’t even visualize how his lousy family members are emotion. What a wonderful soul their amazing son will have to have been to go and rescue an animal.”

Eleanor Martin said: “Heartbreaking and so unfortunate, condolences to the relatives.”

Janet Wright commented: “This is so unhappy, heartbreaking for the relatives.”

Zoë Kasprzak wrote: “I’m completely devastated and heartbroken, Joe was such a good, joyful, smiling, type and caring male. Sending you all so substantially really like and large hugs.”

Joanne Burns included: “We are with you all every phase of the way, sending all our like.

“It’s just heartbreaking. We’re here for you constantly. Joseph was the most variety and loving boy and will be without end with you. 

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“Thinking about you all each moment of each individual working day.” 

Social media users react to the tragic death
Social media users shared their condolences with the family.

On Wednesday, ScotRail Tweeted about the incident, crafting: “Sadly, a particular person has been hit by a practice involving Inverkeithing and Cowdenbeath the line is shut.

“While the unexpected emergency expert services show up at, our solutions amongst Edinburgh and Glenrothes With Thornton to Dunfermline City will be cancelled.

“They afterwards verified: “The line’s now reopened and our services can resume.

“However, they will still be topic to delay, cancellation or revision as we concentration on having trains and crew again into position.”
Talking today a spokesman for British Transportation Police mentioned: “British Transport Police ended up referred to as to the line around Dunfermline at 2.07pm on Wednesday 3 November adhering to experiences of a casualty on the tracks.
“Paramedics also attended, nonetheless sadly a 17-12 months-aged boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
“This incident is not being taken care of as suspicious and a file will be well prepared for the Procurator Fiscal.”