A promising footballer who thought he was “invincible” was killed on his 22nd birthday as he crossed a railway track on his motorbike and was hit by a 100mph train, an inquest has heard.
Declan Callum was off-road biking with five pals when he ploughed through a broken perimeter fence and onto the tracks just seconds before a train hit him.
The inquest, at Leamington Justice Centre, heard Declan, from Coventry, died instantly when the London Midland train struck him at 11.30am on October 4.
Another rider was left with minor injuries after the attempted crossing near Brandon Wood, Coventry.
Malcolm Dobson, of British Transport Police, told the inquest the six riders had ignored warning signs and taken advantage of a broken perimeter fence to reach the track.