‘Caring, funny and full of life’ schoolboy, 15, dies after getting hit by a train in ‘tragic accident’
- George Buckley was struck by a train at Swanscombe Railway Station in Kent
- Schoolboy died after he fell onto the tracks and was hit by a train on Sunday
- Family, from Gravesend, paid tribute to their ‘handsome, football-mad’ son
A devastated family have paid tribute to their ‘caring, funny, handsome’ teenage son after was struck by a train and killed.
George Buckley, 15, fell onto the tracks and was hit by a train at Swanscombe station near Dartford, Kent, on Sunday.
Police are investigating but have said they are currently treating his death as a ‘tragic accident’.
His heartbroken family, who live in Gravesend, Kent, said George was ‘full of life’ and ‘loved by his family and friends’.
George Buckley (pictured), 15, fell onto the tracks and was hit by a train at Swanscombe station near Dartford, Kent, on Sunday
The statement read: ‘We are all devastated by the death of our handsome boy George. He was caring, funny and full of life. He loved his family and adored his friends.
‘George was a typical teenage boy who was football-mad and always had been since he was a baby; obsessed with his Xbox and up till god knows what time.
‘He was such a popular boy and was loved by everyone who met him. This tragic accident has caused us to lose our baby boy and we are all devastated.
‘We can’t imagine life without him and we will miss him forever, he’ll always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten. Sleep tight and find your thumb my baby boy.’
A crowdfunding page to help George’s family while they cope with their loss has already surpassed £1,000.
The JustGiving page reads: ‘George lost his life suddenly at the age of 15 after a tragic accident on the railway line at Swanscombe train station.
‘This awful tragedy has devastated his family and friends. Words just cannot express the loss felt by all who knew George.
Flowers from George’s mother are pictured outside Swanscombe station in Kent with a note that reads: ‘Sleep tight my darling baby boy I’ll love you forever, lots of love mummy’
‘George was caring, funny and full of life. He loved his family and adored his friends. I know people will want to help as i do, so anything you can give would be greatly appreciated. RIP George, we miss you, and will never forget you!’
British Transport Police said officers are still carrying out enquiries, and that a full report will be passed on to the coroner.
A spokesman said: ‘British Transport Police was called at 7.52pm on September 8 to Swanscombe station following a report of a casualty on the tracks.
‘Next of kin have been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.’
George’s death came a day before another child was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a train in a separate incident at nearby Broadstairs station on Monday.