An HGV driver was found dead in a lay-by after taking an overdose of medication, an inquest was told.
Police were called by a concerned driver after James McCrea’s Volvo truck was seen parked for 14 hours without moving and with the interior curtains closed.
Mr McCrea, of Cross Edge, Oswaldtwistle was found dead in the bed area behind the driver’s seat when officers arrived at Grane Road in Haslingden at around 9.20pm on March 29.
Blackburn Coroners Court heard how they also found a three-page handwritten suicide note on the dashboard and empty boxes of medication on the floor.
A post-mortem examination showed that Mr McCrea had over the therapeutic amount of the medication in his system and it was at a ‘toxic level’.
The inquest heard how Mr McCrea, 59, had been taking the prescribed medication since 2004.
His wife Jane McCrea said his death came ‘completely out of the blue’.
She told the inquest: “We were happy. I just don’t know why he’s done it.
“On the Bank Holiday Monday he said he wanted to get an early start to go down to London.
“We had a brilliant weekend, the whole weekend together. Everything seemed normal.
“Then he walked out the door and that was the last time I saw him.
“It was out of the blue. I just never expected him to do it.
“He wasn’t the sort of person who would do that. Everybody I’ve spoken to has said exactly the same thing.”
The inquest heard how in his suicide note Mr McCrea spoke about financial ‘concerns’. However, Mrs McCrea told the hearing she was not aware of any problems.
She added: “We had a small amount of credit card debt but we had no overdraft at all with the business, everything was paid and up-to-date.
“I did all the books and the business was very healthy.”
Coroner Michael Singleton recorded a conclusion that he had taken his own life.
He said: “It seems to me the mind is capable of going to some very dark places which we don’t understand or can’t fathom.
"Quite why it should be that Jamie felt so, in his words, ‘spiritually burnt out’ and get to that stage and not be able to in any way articulate that, seek help or support for that is difficult to understand but not by any means unique or unusual.”