A MAN killed by an express train in Huddersfield had been reported missing.
Psychiatric nurse Dennis Ireland, 57, was last seen at his home on Mitre Street in Marsh on Monday evening.
He should have gone to work in the Priestley Psychiatric Unit at Dewsbury District Hospital on Tuesday, but failed to turn up.
It was very unusual for him not to have told colleagues he was off.
He died just before 5pm on Wednesday when he was hit by an express train from Manchester near to the Springwood Tunnel.
The shocked driver watched in horror as he stepped in front of his cab.
The tragedy stopped trains for 90 minutes, causing long delays for commuters for several hours.
He was the second person to die on that stretch of line in the last two weeks.
At 9pm on Friday, March 30, 28-year-old single man Mahmood Iqbal, of Crosland Road, Thornton Lodge, died when he was hit by a TransPennine train on the tracks between the Gledholt and Huddersfield tunnels.
Mr Ireland's became the third fatality on West Yorkshire's rail network after Darren Baker, 19, was killed when he was struck by a train in the Wyke Tunnel near Bradford last weekend.
A spokeswoman for British Transport Police said it was impossible to stop people from trespassing on the line if they were determined to do so.
But she said tragedies were harrowing for the train drivers and BTP officers.
She said: "Involvement in fatalities for both train drivers and BTP officers who attend the scene and deal with the aftermath can be very distressing and can have long term emotional affects.
"Some drivers find it difficult to get back in the cab again.
"The impact on a body hit by a high speed train can at times leave it unrecognisable, requiring fingerprinting, DNA and dental verification of identity by the officers."
She added: "Once a fatality has occurred, BTP make it a priority to clear the line and get it back up and running as quick as possible to avoid unnecessary delays to passengers.
"This is done balancing the sensitivity and dignity of the deceased and the needs of the relatives with those of the travelling public.
"BTP officers have specialist knowledge of the railway and how it works. This means that they can deal with fatalities quickly and effectively.
"Officers must then liaise with the deceased's relatives and undertake an investigative inquiry that then has to be submitted to a coroner to form part of an inquest."
An inquest was due to open in Bradford today.