A 14-year-old girl died after being hit by a train moments after she thought it was safe to cross. Sarah Athersmith had waited for a freight train to pass before stepping onto a foot crossing, an inquest heard. But she didn't realise a passenger train was also coming, and was struck leaving her with traumatic head injuries. 'Kind and gentle' Sarah had stopped by a field nearby to feed some horses and was on her way back home from school when the accident happened just after 3pm, Black Country Coroner's Court heard. Train driver Richard Scone told the inquest how he held her hand after she was hit and told her: 'I'm sorry.' It happened on Wallows Lane foot crossing in Walsall (Picture: SWNS) A London Midland train passing the crossing (Picture: SWNS) 'I sounded my horn and reduced speed,' he said. 'I could see a freight train coming towards me. 'When all the trucks had cleared the crossing I became aware of two persons, a boy and a girl who looked about 13. I was doing 40 mph. Britain is getting its biggest ever warship costing £3.1 billion 'It was like a freeze-frame image there was nothing I could have done. She looked up and saw the train and started running.' He added: 'I found a faint rapid pulse in her wrist but then when I checked again there was no pulse. I held her hand and told her I was sorry.' The crossing Sarah used on Wallows Lane near Walsall FC's Bescot Stadium had previously been recommended for closure, but remained open on September 26.