Ufton Nervet train crash victim named

Published: 23 May 2012 15:00

Full story and tributes in tomorrow's Chronicle

A MAN who was killed when his motor scooter collided with a train at a notorious level crossing has been named.

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David Montague, 45, died instantly on Tuesday when his silver Piaggio scooter was in collision with a First Great Western express at the half-barrier crossing in the village of Ufton Nervet.

Nobody on the 12.18pm Paddington-Taunton train was injured in the impact which scattered the wreckage of Mr Montague's machine over a wide area at 1.10pm. Train services between Reading, Newbury and the West Country were disrupted until 7.30pm.

Officers are not treating his death as suspicious, but investigations are continuing. A post mortem was taking place today and Berkshire coroner Peter Bedford is arranging an inquest.

In November 2004, seven people were killed when a train collided with a car which had been driven onto the Ufton Nervet crossing by Reading chef Brian Drysdale, 48.

There was also an incident in September last year, when rail staff did not get a message to lower the barriers at the Ufton Nervet level crossing and a car narrowly avoided colliding with the oncoming train.

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Did you know Mr Montague? Send your tributes to lroutledge@berksmedia.co.uk

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