Tributes paid to expectant father who was hit by train in South Yorkshire

The brother of a 21-year-old who died after being hit by a train in South Yorkshire says that he was a happy young man who was always smiling.

Kieran Rylance – who was due to become a father – from Rossington died on Saturday evening (Oct 16).

His brother Jimmy James described the young man as family orientated, kind and happy.

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Jimmy said: “He would do anything for anyone. He always had my back and would always help others.”

The tributes left for Kieran RylanceThe tributes left for Kieran Rylance
The tributes left for Kieran Rylance

Jimmy said more than 150 people attended a candlelit vigil on Sunday for his brother at the site of his death. People left cards, crosses, hearts and flowers.

“Thank you to everyone who came,” he said. “We can’t thank people enough for what they have done.

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“People stayed there all night and re-lit candles every time a train went past and blew them out. They were still burning this morning.”

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Kieran RylanceKieran Rylance
Kieran Rylance

Jimmy said it was a shock for him and his family to lose Kieran, who he said had struggled since their mother’s death two years ago

“It’s such a young age for him to have gone,” he said. “He had a baby girl on the way and none of us knew this is how he was feeling. Kieran was happy go lucky and always had a spring in his step.

“Our mum passed away from cancer in 2019 and he struggled with that but none of us knew this would happen.”

A song has been written by Jack Tracey, a local musician, called Kieran and can be found on Soundcloud.

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The family are fundraising for Kieran’s funeral and have set up a page on GoFundMe – donate here.If you or someone you know is struggling the Samaritans are there – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at [email protected], or visit to find your nearest branch.