Train driver became depressed and killed himself after hitting suicidal man on tracks

Telegraph Reporters
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A train driver killed himself after spiralling into depression when he hit a suicidal man on the tracks, an inquest heard.  

Scott Walker, 43, was found dead after police broke into his home in Hedon, near Hull, East Yorks, on November 2, last year.

Hull Coroner's Court was told that the father of four had started drinking heavily after the train he was driving hit a pedestrian who had jumped in front of it. The trauma of the ordeal eventually led to the breakdown of Mr Walker's relationship, according to his ex-partner.

She told the hearing: "After the train accident, which was confirmed as a suicide in January 2018, it really affected Scott. He was never the same after that.

"He would drink heavily and have a temper.”

Mr Walker, of St Michael's Drive, worked at Arriva Trains Northern as well as working as a bus driver and the Yorkshire Evening Post in the printing department.

His GP said Mr Walker had explained he was "of low mood" but had no intention of taking his own life during a visit in July 2018.

Mr Walker had needed several weeks off work after the train accident. He was also supported by London North Eastern Railway.

Dr Laszlo Karsai, consultant histopathologist at Hull Royal Infirmary, told the hearing the medical cause of death was "drug poisoning".

Area Coroner Rosemary Baxter concluded the inquest into Scott's death as suicide.

“He had anxiety and depression since the train accident and recently had split from his partner,” she said.

“I find his many personal problems overcame him at the end and he wanted to take his life by his own hand.”

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