was a factor in Burnham father's rail line death, hears inquest
inquest has this week heard how a 'big hearted' father from Burnham-On-Sea
was killed by a train.
Shane Ponting, 34, was killed on July 11th last year after being
struck by a train travelling at 110mph near Highbridge Railway
inquest at Taunton Coroner's Court was told that the man's blood
samples had found he was under the influence of drugs, believed
to include heroin, which likely played a factor in the death.
train driver has been receiving counselling since the incident
and has required time off from work due to the shock, the inquest
court heard that Mr Ponting had shared some of his prescription
diazepam with a friend at his flat before leaving on the day before
the death. He then returned at 5am and fell asleep on a sofa.
slept until around 4.30pm and then left soon after that, asking
a friend for some citric acid and a spoon which the court heard
can be used to inject heroin.
Ponting was known to regularly visit a private fishing lake near
Springfield Road and was on his way to collect a bag from the
site when he was hit by the passing train at 5.42pm.
eyewitness at nearby Highbridge Railway Station heard the train
beeping its horn several times before the collision. He saw one
person cross the track and another was close behind but was hit.
Ponting's mother, Patricia, who has recently died, said in a statement
read out during the court hearing that her son "had a big
heart and would help his friends in any way he could."
court ruled that Mr Ponting had not taken his life intentionally
and the presence of drugs in his system had played a contributory