“I explained the situation, realising what had happened was not survivable,” Duffield said.“Rob, one of the paramedics, told us that the male [Brown] would not have known what was going on because of the kind of injury,” she added.
Brown, who had just taken a job as a commissioning engineer for Hitachi Rail Europe, had been travelling to work for a night shift on the 17.05 service from Gatwick to Victoria.He was a lifelong railway enthusiast who had volunteered on West Sussex’s Bluebell Railway in his youth and turned his enthusiasm into a career by taking a four-year engineering apprenticeship with Southern.
During the inquest hearing, friends and relatives sought to scotch suggestions that recklessness contributed to his death. Surveillance cameras on the train proved to be faulty, leaving no clues as to how Brown’s head came to be out of the window at the moment it struck the gantry.
The inquest heard that risk assessments for the Class 442 train that Brown was on had not taken into account the potential hazard of a passenger putting their head out of the window, despite the train having two opening windows and operating without a guard.
Source : https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/12/railway-enthusiast-was-killed-by-signal-gantry-as-he-leaned-out-of-train