DRONFIELD: Inquest opens into rail death

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An inquest into the death of a man who was hit by a train in Dronfield has been opened.

Emergency services were called to the town’s station on Saturday morning after receiving reports that a man had been struck by a Plymouth-bound train.

The man, Peter Dynes, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene.

PC Kevin Challinor, of British Transport Police, told Chesterfield coroners’ court this morning: “Mr Dynes left home as usual on Saturday morning. He waved goodbye to his family and they presumed he was travelling to work that morning.”

The court heard that Mr Dynes’ concerned wife telephoned police after receiving a call from her husband’s employers, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in South Normanton, to say he had not turned up for work.

Coroner Nigel Anderson told the court police were investigating whether Mr Dynes was unhappy at work.

He said: “Something he wasn’t happy with in his new job may have made him want to take his own life.”

In a statement, Mr Dynes’ brother told the court: “We’d like to send our thoughts to the driver of the train who had to witness this tragic incident and will no doubt have been affected by it.”

He also praised emergency services for their efforts.

The full inquest of Mr Dynes, from Ormond Road, Sheffield, will take place at a later date.

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