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Two men died after being hit by trains.

A CORONER heard how two men died after being hit by trains in separate incidents.

Inquests were held into the deaths of Christopher Garfield and Brian Heaps, who both died last year in North Tyneside.

Mr Garfield, 39, who suffered from alcohol problems, died after being struck by a freight train near the Killingworth level crossing in the early hours of July 3. He had been drinking and had a row with his girlfriend before leaving his home in Beaumont Terrace, Gosforth.

The train driver said he saw a person curled up on the track and hit the brakes but was unable to stop.

Coroner Eric Armstrong, recorded an open verdict. He said: "There is no evidence to convince me he did lie there with a view to take his life."

Mr Heaps, 48, of Cambo Place, North Shields, was hit by a Metro train near Cullercoats station, Whitley Bay, on May 1. He was a chronic alcoholic, had left hospital that day and was spotted climbing over a wall near the Metro line at 8pm. Recording a verdict of suicide Mr Armstrong said: "It was the intention on his part to take his own life."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2008
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