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Portslade rail death man's family apologise
The family of a man who was crushed to death by a train when he took a short cut across railway lines have apologised to those who saw it happen.
The relatives of Woody Scott have said they are “deeply sorry” for any hurt caused to passengers or rail staff who saw the 32-year-old being critically injured at Portslade Station.
In a letter to The Argus, the family described their loved one as a “larger than life” character who did “nothing by halves”.
Mr Scott was pinned between a train and the platform at Portslade Station on February 17.
He died four days later at Royal Sussex County Hospital with his family at his side.
The family praised family and friends for their support as well as emergency service crews who helped free him and “amazing” hospital staff.
His parents Tony Scott and Michele King wrote that their son was not judgemental and asked readers to restrain their opinions of him and his actions.
They added that one of the nurses who cared for him said they had never known someone to fight for life as hard as their son in 18 years of working in intensive care.
Mr Scott was described as a devoted father to his son, and delighted his young sisters, nieces and nephews with his energy and humour.
The family wrote: “We would like to send condolences to the passengers on the train, the staff at Portslade Station and in particular to the driver of the train.
“We are deeply sorry for any trauma these individuals may have incurred, and we know that Woody would share our sentiments.
“He was a compassionate man and he would not want people to suffer on his account.”
They described their son as a good man whose life was not always “straight-forward” explaining that he suffered with anxiety from childhood and wrestled with panic attacks and agoraphobia in adulthood.
They added: “It was all or nothing in Woody’s world, and this vibrant energy and generosity of spirit is something people noticed when they met him.”
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