Ex rugby player Nigel Fox electrocuted at farm, inquest hears

Nigel Fox
Image caption Nigel Fox played for Northampton Saints and Brackley RUFC

A former rugby player died instantly when he was electrocuted during an accident on a Wiltshire farm, an inquest has heard.

Lorry driver Nigel Fox, 59, from Northamptonshire, was killed when his tanker clipped overhead power cables, the hearing in Salisbury was told.

The death at Chestnut Tree Farm, Sutton Mandeville, is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive and Wiltshire Police.

There are no suspicious circumstances.

HM Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon, David Ridley, formally opened and adjourned the inquest on Wednesday, with a date yet to be fixed for its resumption.

A review has been set for 2 January 2013.

'Larger than life'

Wiltshire Police said they were called to the farm amid reports of an "industrial incident".

"On arrival, officers found the driver of an articulated vehicle deceased inside the cab of the lorry," a police statement read.

"Wiltshire Police is now assisting the Health and Safety Executive in their investigation."

Mr Fox, of Evenley, near Brackley, used to play rugby for Northampton Saints and Brackley RUFC.

A statement on the Brackley website said: "Foxy was great friend to Brackley RUFC, a former Saints player who made 270-plus appearances before playing for Brackley.

"He was always larger than life and great company, be it playing his guitar or simply sharing a post-match pint."

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