Woman killed as she leaned out of train window

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Bethan RoperImage copyrightCardiff School of Journalism/PA
Image caption Bethan Roper had chaired the Cardiff Young Socialists group

A woman was killed as she leaned out of a train window below an inadequate warning sign, a report said.

Bethan Roper, 28, was hit in the head by a tree branch while on board a Great Western Railway (GWR) service travelling at about 75mph (120km/h) near Twerton, Bath.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) also noted trees along the route had not been inspected since 2009.

Signs around the window were updated after Ms Roper’s death.

The investigation said Ms Roper was returning to Penarth, South Wales, from Bath Spa station on 1 December 2018.