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Colne grieving husband killed himself
A FORMER labourer who could not cope after the death of his wife plunged to his death from a railway viaduct, an inquest heard.
Ronald Driver, 63, had been married to wife Margaret for more than 40 years when they learned from doctors she had a fatal illness, Burnley Coroner's Court was told.
Mrs Driver underwent surgery for the unspecified condition over the Christmas holiday period last year but she was told her chances of survival were slim and she died on March 14.
Their son, Christopher Driver, said in a statement that his father started acting 'strangely' shortly before his mother's death.
He would later say that he was 'totally and utterly dependent' on her.
The inquest heard that he was discovered lying underneath the front wheel of a stationary bus at one point.
But his son said that his father did not seek medical help following the incident but became increasingly withdrawn.
The court was told that Mr Driver would only speak to his son from behind a door, at his flat in Peel Road, Colne.
Then his father became reluctant to talk to him on the phone. He said he called him on May 26, to ask him when he should come around, and then waited for him to call back.
But the inquest heard how his father left his home and walked a short distance along the viaduct over Knotts Lane.
He fell to the ground and died from multiple injuries. His son was later informed of his death by police.
Recording a suicide verdict, East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor said: “There is no doubt at the time that he did that he was extremely distressed and affected by the death of his wife.”
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