Train crash girl out of hospital

The east coast main line near to Adwick Railway Station where a train struck two people.

The east coast main line near to Adwick Railway Station where a train struck two people.

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A LITTLE girl from Doncaster is out of hospital at last after her father was mown down by a train as he cradled her in his arms.

Scarlett Straw has fought back from serious injuries she suffered in the tragedy near Adwick station in July. The three-year-old is now fit enough to take up her place at nursery school.

Railway police who attended the collision in which her father Richard Straw was killed were amazed Scarlett survived the impact, and have been delighted by her recovery.

Scarlett, who was airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and was critically ill in intensive care for weeks, has been discharged as an in-patient but is still having to attend the hospital a couple of times a week to have dressings changed.

Her mother Samantha, aged 25, said Scarlett is “doing really well”.

Speaking through a police family liaison officer as a result of the ordeal she has suffered, she said she wanted to express her thanks to the hospital staff in Sheffield, who have been “amazing”.

Samantha said the family were encouraged by the news Scarlett does not have to go back to hospital now until November.

Scarlett’s 28-year-old father, of Wellington Grove, Bentley, was carrying his little daughter in his arms when the pair were hit by a Leeds-bound express train on July 11.

Mr Straw had been on bail after being arrested in connection with a suspected arson attack at a house in Newton Drive, Sprotbrough.

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