An inquest has been opened into the death of “brilliant and dedicated” teacher who died when she was hit by a train two weeks ago.

Staff and pupils at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, Abergele, as well as the community at large were stunned to hear of the death of 53-year-old English teacher Stephanie Brettle who was said to have inspired scores of youngsters.

At a brief hearing in Ruthin John Gittins, coroner for North Wales East and Central, said the incident occurred at 6.27am on February 5 as the Holyhead – Manchester train was accelerating away from Pensarn station.

The incident happened as the train approached the Ty Gwyn level-crossing.

Consultant pathologist Dr Mared Owen-Casey said samples were taken for toxicology tests but the cause of death was multiple traumatic injuries.

The inquest on Ms Brettle, of Trem Mor, Abergele, was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

Immediately after the tragedy tributes were paid by several ex-pupils and Lee Cummins, head of Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan, said she was “much-loved and respected” and was always prepared to go the extra mile to help her pupils.

“She was a fantastic English teacher who care passionately about the way every single young person in her class progressed,” he said.