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Verdict on Solihull man hit by train

AN open verdict was recorded by a jury at the inquest of a Solihull man who died of multiple injuries after being hit by a train at Olton railway station.

AN open verdict was recorded by a jury at the inquest of a Solihull man who died of multiple injuries after being hit by a train at Olton railway station.

Coroner Aidan Cotter presiding at Birmingham Coroner’s Court heard that Victor James Eeles, 71, of Marcot Road died instantly after stepping off the platform on October 10 2007 into the path of the train which was travelling from Banbury to Snow Hill.

Train driver David Gillman stated he had slowed his speed to around 25 mph as he approached Olton station as the signals were against him. He then accelerated to approximately 30mph.

Mr Gillman said he was not scheduled to stop at the railway station but as he approached he noticed Mr Eeles sitting on a bench alone with a newspaper and a walking stick.

Mr Eeles then stood up as if he thought the train was stopping and simply walked off the edge of the platform into the path of the train.

Mr Gillman applied the emergency brakes but Mr Eeles died instantly.

The emergency services and British Transport Police attended and Mr Eeles was pronounced dead at the scene at just after 3pm.

The inquest heard from Mr Eeles’ GP that the retired car worker had suffered hip problems and had had surgery.

He also had a back condition which could not be cured. However his GP stated that he did not believe his patient was depressed.

Mrs Sylvia Eeles said on the day of her husband’s death she had visited their daughter and Mr Eeles was planning to visit relatives.

She said he had seemed his ‘usual self’.

Police enquiries revealed no suspicious circumstances.

 

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