Pregnant widow pays tribute to Paul Martin whose motorbike collided with a train near Stroud
10:29am Tuesday 20th May 2014 in News By Alexandra Womack, senior reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury
POLICE have named a man who died on a railway crossing near Stroud.
Paul Martin, of Cashes Green Road, Stroud, died when the motorbike he was riding over Frampton Crossing was in collision with a passenger train on Sunday, May 11.
Paul, 37, was treated at the scene but died of his injuries.
He leaves behind his wife Lorna, their son and unborn baby.
Paying tribute to him, his wife said: “Paul was, and has been for the past 12 years, my entire everything.
"He was a fantastic husband and father and was completely besotted with our son and baby which is on its way.
“His other great loves in his life were his friends and his motorbike. He greatly enjoyed his job and had an extremely enthusiastic and competitive attitude to his role.
“All I now hope for is that his friends remember as much about him as possible and help me to keep his memory alive so that our children grow up knowing as much about him as they can and that they help me with the enormous challenge I have to create a life for them that he would be proud of.”
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said: “Officers from BTP attended the line at Frampton Crossing following a report at 6.46pm on Sunday, May 11 that a motorbike was in collision with a passenger train at the crossing.
“BTP officers attended alongside colleagues from Gloucestershire Police and Great Western Ambulance Service.
“Medics treated Mr Martin at the scene but he sadly died of his injuries.
“The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious."
He added: “The train involved was a Swindon - Gloucester service. None of the 40 passengers on board the service was injured.
“An investigation is ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision and officers are assisting with the preparation of file for the coroner."
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