Man killed on railway line named as New Forest club footballer

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Patrick Norum played for Lyndhurst FC

A MAN who was killed after being hit by a train on the New Forest railway line has been named as Lyndhurst footballer Patrick Norum.

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An inquest opened at Winchester Coroner’s Court heard Mr Norum, of Romsey Road, died next to a former level crossing, off Ashurst Bridge Road, Totton, on Tuesday 16th July.

A post-mortem examination concluded he suffered multiple injuries.

The 30-year-old played for Lyndhurst Football Club, based in Wellands Road, which paid tribute to him on social media.

A post on its Facebook page said: “Such sad news for the club, RIP Paddy you will be missed from all new and old players of Lyndhurst FC.”

One user commented: “Absolutely gutted to hear this!

“Your personality was infectious and I know for a fact everyone at the club is in absolute bits about the news… you won’t be forgotten mate!”

On Saturday, a tweet by the club dedicated to Mr Norum its home victory that day in a pre-season match against Pewsey Vale Football Club.

It said: “This was also our first home game since the devastating news of the passing of one of our own, Patrick ‘Paddy’ Norum.

“That one’s for you, Paddy. Rest in peace. #OneOfOurOwn.”

Ashurst train death
Patrick Norum died on the rails at Foxhills, near Ashurst train station

As reported in the A&T, on the day of Mr Norum’s death paramedics responded to a call-out shortly before midday, along with British Transport Police, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The route was shut down between Brockenhurst and Southampton for a few hours after the power was switched off to allow emergency crews to deal with the incident.

Lyndhurst FC are current Hampshire Premier League Division 1 champions. The club’s reserve team plays in the Wyvern combination league.

A full inquest into Mr Norum’s death is due to take place in Winchester on 3rd December.

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