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Rail death man faced eviction for Sutton Coldfield Home - local news

A JURY returned an open verdict into the death of a 53-year-old man hit by a train at Sutton Coldfield railway station.

Dad-of-two David Blacker died from multiple injuries after the early morning incident on October 31 last year.

At the inquest into his death last Thursday, a jury heard Mr Blacker, a divorcee and retired supervisor for Lloyds Bank, had a £28,000 debt and may have been facing eviction from his rented Sutton Coldfield, Duke Street home.

Michael Ford, the driver of the train, said he saw Mr Blacker walk down to the tracks as his train was approaching the platform.

The gentleman was walking down the ramp of the platform and towards me. He was walking on the side of the tracks. I blew my horn, I looked away to hit the emergency brake and when I looked back up he was lying in the middle of the tracks.

Mr Ford was unable to say if Mr Blacker had walked on to the tracks or fallen as the train approached.


In a statement from Alison Blacker, his ex-wife, the court heard he had a drinking problem and had become estranged from his daughter, aged 20, and son, aged 18.


She said Mr Blacker could suffer from low moods but was not clinically depressed

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Posted On:  24 July, 2010
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