Gatwick Express train death man’s injuries ‘not survivable’

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Image caption Simon Brown was killed when he was travelling on the Gatwick Express last August

A man who died on the Gatwick Express was found with a “massive trauma” to his head by another passenger, an inquest has heard.

Simon Brown, 24, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, hit his head on a signal gantry on 7 August.

The hearing in London was told that passenger Kirstin Duffield heard a “loud thud”.

In a statement read by the coroner, she said she found Mr Brown with an injury that was “not survivable”.

The train from Gatwick to London Victoria was travelling at about 60mph when the incident happened near Balham, south London.

Mark Young, from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, told the hearing Mr Brown’s head was out of the window with no evidence to indicate why.

He said Mr Brown suffered a fatal head injury as a result of striking a signal gantry.

‘Railway fanatic’

Ms Duffield said she saw Mr Brown had collapsed in the corridor after she stood up from her seat.

“I noticed the man was breathing,” she added.

“There was a lot of blood on the floor and around his head. There was a massive trauma to the top of his head.”

She said it became apparent there was nothing she could do for him.

The inquest heard Ms Duffield got off the train at Wandsworth Common after the alarm was raised and the driver had been alerted.

She said she saw “blood splatter” on the outside of the carriage, but had not seen Mr Brown with his head out of the window.

After his death, Mr Brown was described by friends as a “lifelong railway fanatic” who worked as an engineering technician with Hitachi Rail Europe in Bristol.

The inquest continues.

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