Floral tributes pile up near the Coffs Creek bridge where 15-year-old Chad Kelso lost his life.
Floral tributes pile up near the Coffs Creek bridge where 15-year-old Chad Kelso lost his life.

Witnesses sought



IN spite of rumours flying around Coffs Harbour, no one has yet come forward to say they saw Chad Kelso walking or running on the railway tracks before he was hit by a passenger train on the Coffs Creek railway bridge at 1am on Sunday morning.

The 15-year-old Coffs Harbour schoolboy died of massive head injuries after he was unable to get out of the way of the XPT passenger train as it headed north over the steel-sided railway bridge.

The detective carrying out the investigation, Detective Senior Constable Andrew Martin, said a friend of Chad had come forward late on Wednesday who had seen and spoken to Chad at the Jetty Village only five or 10 minutes before the accident, and had last seen Chad walking towards the Jetty railway level crossing from Harbour Drive. The detective said the same person had seen the train stopped on the railway line after the accident.

"We still don't know the full story of why (Chad) was on the railway line." Det Martin said.

He said he had heard a lot of speculation and hearsay information, including allegations that Chad was being bullied, but no one had come forward with reliable information to say what had happened.

Det Martin said Chad had been involved in 'a minor scuffle with a friend' at the Jetty party about midnight but had not been 'bashed' or seriously hurt.

He would not comment on whether the security cameras at either end of the railway bridge were operating at the time of the accident, saying merely this was part of a separate investigation.

n Detective Senior Constable Andrew Martin is asking anyone who has first hand evidence of what happened to Chad on Saturday night and early Sunday morning to contact him at the Coffs Harbour Police Station on 6652 0299. He said people with information should ask for him by name or leave a message and he would get back to them. Any information will be confidential.



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