Bawtry man hit by train had tried to get off track

A RETIRED teacher who died when he was hit by a high-speed train had tried to get off the track, an inquest heard.

A RETIRED teacher who died when he was hit by a high-speed train had tried to get off the track, an inquest heard.

Raymond Booth, 63, of Lime Tree Crescent, Bawtry, was hit by a GNER train on the East Coast Line near Kings Wood outside Bawtry.

Train driver Peter Reese Smith told coroner Stanley Hooper how he was driving at 110 miles per hour from London to Newcastle when he spotted a man on the track.

"On first sight of the gentleman it looked as if he was facing north and he must have heard the train," said Mr Smith. "He turned around out of fear and by the time he saw me there was little time to get to safety."

He added: "He tried to vacate his position quickly and tried to get out of the way. I immediately applied the brakes."

Mr Smith said that he was unable to avoid hitting Mr Booth; the train he was driving had a stopping distance of a mile at 110mph.

At a previous hearing, Glenda Booth, 64, told the court that her husband was on medication for depression, but was getting better. She said that he often went walking to help ease his condition.

Mrs Booth added that, following her husband's death, their GP had told her the medication would have affected his reaction times.

In a report read out at the hearing, pathologist Dr Steven Beck said that Mr Booth had died instantly from multiple injuries.

Mr Hooper recorded a verdict of accidental death.