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Suffolk: Note was found near rail tragedy victim

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 February 2012

The tragedy happened on a crossing at Tattingstone

The tragedy happened on a crossing at Tattingstone


SUFFOLK: The family of a man who was seen laying on a rail track was told he would have died instantly.

The body of Anthony Jenkins, of Bridge Street, Framlingham, was found at a level crossing in Tattingstone on July 9 last year.

An inquest into the 39-year-old’s death was told how Michael Gibbs, driver of the National Express East Anglia 19.00 Norwich to London train, had seen a man laying motionless on the tracks.

A statement from Mr Gibbs, read to the inquest, said although the driver had braked hard, the 100mph train collided with Mr Jenkins.

Dr Peter Dean, Greater Suffolk Coroner, heard that British Transport Police (BTP) and paramedics were called to the crossing at 7.45pm but Mr Jenkins, who suffered “severe trauma,” was pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest was told that Mr Jenkins was identified by documents found near the body and by fingerprints, which were matched to 
his home address.

An A4 letter, described by BTP officers as a suicide note, was also found close to Mr Jenkins’ body.

Pathologist Dr Orell said from the nature of Mr Jenkins’ injuries, he would have died instantly.

Although there were traces of anti-depressant medication in his system, there were no signs of drug abuse or alcohol.

A statement from Mr Jenkins’ parents, Ron and Roz, described how their 
son was reading a degree in social sciences at the Open University.

They added: “Tony was brilliant at maths and sciences.”

But it also said signs of 
anxiety and phobias had developed.

Recording a verdict that Mr Jenkins took his own life, Dr Dean, said: “It would appear that certainly Mr Jenkins understood the consequences of his actions.”

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