Suicide verdict on death

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A woman with an alcohol problem killed herself at Chesterfield train station, an inquest heard.

Lynn Downing, of Ennerdale Crescent, Chesterfield, was struck by a haulage train shortly before midnight last June 23.

An inquest at Chesterfield coroners’ court on Thursday heard how the 42-year-old had been out drinking with her partner, Jane Turner, before the tragedy.

Ms Turner said she went home alone after Ms Downing refused to accompany her. She told the hearing: “Lynn asked me if I could stay a bit longer but I needed to go home and get ready for work.

“Once Lynn got into a pub she didn’t want to leave before close of play. She said she was going to get help with her drinking problem.”

Emma-Jane Sole, a customer services officer at Chesterfield station, said she was alerted to Ms Downing standing on the edge of platform one by a taxi driver. She went up to her and asked her to stand back but she refused. Mrs Sole called a signalman to try and stop any approaching trains but this was not possible. Ms Downing had crossed the railway tracks and was stood with her back against platform two when she was struck. Pathology reports stated Ms Downing died of multiple injuries while toxicology tests found an excessive amount of alcohol in her blood at the time of her death. Coroner Paul McCandless concluded that Ms Downing committed suicide while the balance of her mind was disturbed.