Saturday, July 2, 2011

David Brown' killed on level crossing changed his mind seconds before train hit - 2nd July 2011

A suicidal car salesman killed by a train on a level crossing had changed his mind and desperately tried to get off the tracks seconds before he was hit, an inquest has heard.

David Brown's change of heart came seconds too late when the Vauxhall Corsa he was sitting in was destroyed by the 60mph train at a level crossing in Wokingham, Berks.

The 58-year-old had moments earlier driven onto the unmanned crossing to wait for a passing train, but was then seen by the train's driver frantically trying to get out the way before it hit.

Distraught train driver James Collinson told an inquest into Mr Brown's death how he saw the father-of-two look up at him a split second before the devastating impact.

Mr Brown had tried to turn the ignition back on in a panicked state but 'didn't have much opportunity to bail out' before being hit by the train travelling on the Reading to London Waterloo line. Read More