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Old 28-May-2010
Schoolgirl dies while saving her pet dog

Leeds: A ‘wonderful’ girl of 16 was killed when she was struck by a train as she tried to rescue her dog from the railway tracks.

Natasha was struck by a train while trying to stop Zeus (r) from reaching the tracks

Natasha Elliott - who was said to have a “fantastic life in front of her” - is thought to have died while out with her horrified boyfriend as she chased her pet Zeus. The German Shepherd, which survived, ran on to the line when she took the pet for a walk.

Natasha, who neighbours said lost her mum nine years ago, was hit just outside Morley train station near Leeds, 500 yards away from her home. Police said she was taken to hospital but died later.

The teenager, who was about to take her GCSE exams, lived with her dad Wayne who described her as his “princess” and his “best friend”.

A British Transport Police spokesman said, “Natasha was trying to retrieve her dog from the tracks when she was struck by the York to Blackpool North service.”

As news of the horrific accident spread, local residents, friends and family visited the scene, where over 30 bunches of flowers had been laid, to pay their respects.

One friend said: “She will be sorely missed by everyone. She was the nicest girl you could ever wish to meet.”

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