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Rail worker hit and killed by train ‘was excessively drunk’

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Original article from Kent Live

A rail worker was hit and killed a by train while 'excessively drunk', an inquest has heard.

Daniel Shearman was found dead on the train tracks near Chestfield station on February 5.

The 46-year-old, who worked in track maintenance at Network Rail, was discovered by the driver of an oncoming train in the early hours of the morning.

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Police sergeant Ord described how he first learned of the incident when his statement read out at the inquest at Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone by coroner's officer Marion Hale.

"At 7.30am I was notified that the body was seen in the area [next to the track] near Chestfield station," he outlined.

"I sent two vehicles to the scene, where the body was 200 yards away from the platform.

"A train driver had reported the incident but did not believe he had struck anyone."

Emergency services were called to Chestfield and Swalecliffe railway station

Kent Police and the ambulance service arrived at the scene at 8.10am, but it was 20 minutes before they got access to the track itself.

Mr Shearman, who had been married for more than 10 years and had two children, was discovered with serious injuries.

The family moved from Strood to Chesterfield in June 2020, but soon after Mr Shearman visited a GP after becoming depressed in August 2020.

The report from the GP said: "Daniel first visited us in August 2020, and initial consultations took place over the telephone.

"He said that he was stressed over moving home, but wouldn't harm himself due to his family."

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Mr Shearman had taken time off work due to his struggles with depression, and plans were in place to slowly phase him back into a work routine.

However, due to the safety nature of his role, he was placed in an office-based role within the company.

During this time, Mr Shearman suffered from severe stress and anxiety, and struggled to sleep at night.

Coroner Geoffrey Smith determined Mr Shearman's death was alcohol related.

He said: "Mr Shearman had purchased two bottles of vodka and was excessively drunk, to the point where he wouldn't have been able to drive a car.

"He could have been staggering, perhaps in front of a train."

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