Man’s Radlett station death was suicide

PUBLISHED: 07:26 11 December 2011

Coroner's Court.

Coroner's Court.


A QUIET St Albans man, who died at Radlett railway station earlier this year, intended to take his own life, an inquest has ruled.

Adam Fuelling, 37, died from traumatic injuries, sustained after being struck by a Brighton to Bedford service at 7.20pm, on May 20.

An inquest at Hatfield last Thursday heard how Mr Fuelling, of Riverside Road, was seen to drop onto the northbound line as the train, which was not due to stop at the station, approached at around 100mph.

In a statement to British Transport Police (BTP) the experienced driver who was in charge of the train told how he had applied the emergency brakes after seeing Mr Fuelling climb onto the tracks, but that the train struck him “a mere second or so” later.

A trainee was also in the cab at the time of the incident and was told by the driver to shut his eyes. Both confirmed that Mr Fuelling got onto the tracks from platform four of his own accord and that no one else was around.

There were no witnesses or CCTV footage and, after inspection, the train was found to be in good working order.

Doctor’s reports showed Mr Fuelling, who was an only child, had no history of depression. However, his father Peter revealed in a statement read to the court that he had never gotten over the death of his mother in 2002.

He said Adam was “very strongly attached to her” and that May was the anniversary of her death.

Toxicology results showed that there was some alcohol in Mr Fuelling’s system, but as his body was disrupted, it was difficult to say just how much he had drunk.

The court also heard that no one had seen him before the incident so it was not known what mood he was in.

Recording a verdict of suicide, Herts Coroner Edward Thomas said: “I’m satisfied that he deliberately dropped into the path of the train which he knew would not be stopping.

“There was nothing the driver or his trainee could have done.”

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