Train crash survivor found dead at Sunderland home

Sunderland University Metro station

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A MAN who was involved in a horrific train smash seven years ago has been found dead at home.

Alan David Goodings, also known as Goodings-Laye, was discovered at his flat in Sunderland on Friday.

In February 2006, the then-35-year-old was dramatically rescued from under a packed Metro.

The city coroner’s office is now looking into whether there is a link between his death and the injuries he suffered then.

The Echo reported how passengers watched in horror as Mr Goodings tumbled from a verge into the path of the train at the city’s University Metro station.

The system in the city was closed down as emergency crews pulled him out.

Paramedics and firefighters had crawled on their stomachs and squeezed underneath the train to reach him.

Mr Goodings was rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital with serious head injuries and a fractured left arm, then transferred to Newcastle General where he had life-saving surgery on a fractured skull.

Paramedic Brian Carr took part in the dramatic rescue.

Speaking at the time, he said: “We had to wait for the power to be switched off before we could walk the 500 yards down the track to get to him.

“He wasn’t physically trapped, but we had to assess his injuries before we could move him.

“We crawled underneath the Metro to get to him. It’s very frightening under there, with massive brakes and machinery hanging down.

“The casualty was conscious, but not making much sense. We lay on our stomachs beside him and after about 30 minutes were able to get him on to a spinal board, secure his head and get him out.”

An inquest into Mr Goodings’s death at his home in Creswell Terrace has been opened and adjourned.