A MAN who died after he was hit by a train intended to take his own life, an inquest has ruled.
Ian William Mylie, 38, suffered fatal injuries after he was struck by a Liverpool-bound train near to Eccleston Park railway station on November 15 last year.
Mr Mylie, of Warrington Road, Prescot, stepped out in front of the train near to the Old Lane road bridge – between Eccleston Park and Prescot railway stations – at about 1pm that day.
The train driver instantly spotted Mr Mylie as he stepped out from behind a wall.
But, although the driver immediately applied the emergency brakes, he was not able to stop the train in time.
Once the train had ground to a halt, the driver darted to the back of the train to see if Mr Mylie was okay.
Sadly, as a Home Office post mortem subsequently revealed, he had suffered “multiple injuries”.
An inquest, concluded at Whiston Hospital yesterday (Tuesday, July 12), heard how mental health professionals had set up three separate appointments for Mr Mylie prior to the rail-line tragedy.
But, on each occasion, he had failed to attend and no formal diagnosis had been made to explain the difficulties he had been suffering.
Although no notes were discovered at Mr Mylie’s address, Coroner Christopher Sumner recorded a suicide verdict.