South Yorkshire mum’s grief at death of schoolboy who was struck by express train

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The devastated mother of a South Yorkshire schoolboy killed by a train has told how the youngster was ‘my life’.

Daniel Lee Powell, also known as Clements, was struck by an express on the East Coast Main Line at Rossington, near Doncaster.

In a statement, heartbroken mum Brenda Clements, from Cantley, said the 15-year-old meant the world to her because he was ‘an inspiration’.

She also said Daniel “was a brilliant son and would do anything for anyone, he was kind and caring, with a heart of gold. We are going to miss him like crazy.”

An inquest into Daniel’s death has been opened and adjourned by Doncaster Coroner, Nicola Mundy.

A post mortem examination on Daniel was carried out on Thursday and his body has been released to his family.

The inquest was told British Transport Police received a call to attend the East Coast main line at Rossington last Monday evening after reports of a train from King’s Cross to Hull hitting someone on the track.

Near the Toad Hole foot crossing, they found the body of a young male and he was pronounced dead at 9.40pm.

Pc Trevor Welch said the body was identified as Daniel, who lived in the Rossington area.

BTP officers have ruled out any third party involvement in his death and say there are no suspicious circumstances.

Ms Mundy adjourned the inquest and granted Daniel’s family a burial order.

Daniel is understood to have been living in foster care at the time of his death.

He was a pupil at the McAuley Catholic High School, Cantley, and had two sisters, Samantha and Kelsey, and a brother, Josh.

Doncaster Council staff have been offering their support to his school and have expressed sympathy to his family.

A commemorative event was being held at Cantley Park last night.