Retired British expat dies under train in Manchester

Published:  26 Jun at 6 PM
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A British expat on his first visit home for ten years was killed when he stepped in front of an express train.

Nicholas Carroll and his wife Rogayah had moved to Canada from the north of England in 1982, settling in the small town of Cochrane in Alberta. According to his wife, Nicholas suffered homesickness for a while, before adjusting to his new life and making regular trips back to the UK to see family and friends. For many years he worked as a teacher and was a member of the school board, with golf and watching rugby his favourite occupations.

Just prior to Christmas last year, he visited the UK in order to withdraw cash from the couple’s UK accounts and transfer it to their Canadian accounts. Arriving on December 13th at Heathrow, he drew out £1,300 from ATMs at the airport and spent the night at the Premier Inn. Apparently, he was later clipped by a lorry and received a head injury, but took a train to Manchester two days later, arriving at half past nine that night and transferring to a local train an hour later. However, he left the train at Gatley and, according to another passenger, seemed normal until he simply walked onto the track right in the path of an oncoming fast train.

At the recent inquest, the coroner said there seemed to be no intent to commit suicide, no change in his behaviour and no note, but a large amount of cash was found in his pocket. The coroner’s verdict was inconclusive, as she was not satisfied he intended to take his life. Apparently his family were surprised and shocked that he was in Manchester, and are sad that they’ll never know what was in his mind that night. According to his wife, he was occasionally affected with depression, but had no mental health issues, although he’d suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as a child and the condition reappeared if he was stressed or worried. He was teetotal and the family was open and discussed everything with ease.
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