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Bethan Roper Biography
Who was Bethan Roper?
Bethan Roper suffered fatal head injuries while a passenger on the Great Western Railway (GWR) train was traveling at around 75 mph.
Miss Roper, from Penarth, South Wales, was returning home on December 1, 2018 after a Christmas shopping day with friends in Bath.
GWR London Paddington’s service to Exeter used carriages fitted with casement light windows to allow passengers to use the handle outside when they needed to leave the train on the platform.
Investigators told the Avon Coroner’s Court that the warning label on the window, a yellow label with the words “caution, do not peek out the window when the train is in motion” was not a sufficient deterrent.
The investigation also heard that the tree had undergone inspections in 2009 and 2012 as part of a five-year cycle by Network Rail, which was responsible for managing vegetation along the tracks.
The tree had been growing on the embankment five meters from the track and was later colonized by two types of wood decay fungi, causing some of its stems to fail.
The branch that killed Miss Roper in February 2017 had fallen onto the train track and rested on a chain-link fence at the top of the embankment.
More specialized inspections may have averted the tragedy, an expert said at the hearing.
How old was Bethan Roper?
She was 28-year-old.
Cause of Death
This resulted in a plan to install enhanced warning signs with a red background by May 2018, but this had not happened when Miss Roper was assassinated seven months later.
She was fatally injured just minutes after the train left Bath when her head was struck by an ash branch growing in the dirt adjacent to the line.
A post-mortem examination found that Miss Roper had died from head injuries.
Toxicology tests found that she had a blood alcohol level of 142 mg in 100 ml of blood, which means it was almost twice the alcohol limit.
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After five days of testing, an investigative jury returned a majority conclusion to a narrative conclusion.
They said: ‘Bethan died as a result of an incident aboard a train traveling from Bath to Bristol Temple Meads on 1 December 2018.
Bethan got on the train under the influence of alcohol. Despite a warning sign, she peeked out of a pendant light window as the train was moving.
“ She was struck by a tree trunk who suffered a fatal head wound. ”
The investigation heard that after the death of a passenger leaning out of a window on a train in South London in August 2016, GWR completed a risk assessment of its windows with slanted lights.
‘This work was completed last year. We, and the rail industry in general, are committed to learning the lessons outlined, particularly around the speed of mitigations design, review and implementation. ‘
Chris Pearce, Network Rail Acting Western Director, said: ‘Safety has been and always will be our first priority. Our thoughts remain with Beth’s family and friends following the tragic incident in December 2018.
“We urge passengers and the public to be careful with trains and railroad tracks.
“We have worked with the Railroad Accident Investigation Branch, the Office of Railroads and Highways and the medical examiner throughout this process and will continue to work with our industry partners to improve safety.”
Bethan Roper Quicks and Facts
- Bethan Roper suffered fatal head injuries on Great Western Railway train in 2018
- The 28-year-old had been returning home to South Wales from Bath after day out
- Toxicology tests found Miss Roper was nearly twice drink-drive limit at the time
- Tree had undergone inspections in 2009 and 2012 as part of a five-year cycle
- Further specialist inspections may have prevented the tragedy, an expert said