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Safety call by tragedy parent.

THE father of one of the girls killed by a train on a level crossing last night called for safety improvements where the accident happened.

Chris Bazlinton, whose 14-year-old daughter, Olivia, and her friend were killed after they were struck by a train at Elsenham station in Essex on Saturday, said he was "disappointed" that Network Rail had maintained the crossing is safe. He said: "None of this will bring Olivia back to us, but it must not happen again. We do not want anyone else to go through the anguish we are suffering."

The situation at Elsenham was "far from satisfactory" as London commuters in the village have to cross the track to reach the London platform while passengers to Cambridge have to cross twice if they are buying a ticket.

Olivia and her 13year-old friend, Charlotte Thompson, were killed as they dashed across the level crossing to try to catch a train for a day out Christmas shopping.

The teenagers apparently ignored warning lights and closed barriers to run for a train on the other side of the platform

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Charlotte, left , and Olivia
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 5, 2005
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