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Two rail workers killed by train

4 July 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Two rail workers have been killed while working on tracks close to Port Talbot in south Wales.

The accident, which happened yesterday morning (3 July) involved a 58-year-old man from North Connelly and a 64-year-old man from Kenfig Hill who were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, according to British Transport Police.

A third person was treated for shock but was uninjured.

Superintendent Andy Morgan from British Transport Police said: “Following a number of urgent enquiries into this tragic incident, it has been established that the three people were railway workers who were working on the lines at the time.

“The initial stages of the investigation suggest that the two men who died had been wearing ear defenders at the time, tragically, could not hear the a passenger train approaching. 

“We have a number of officers who remain in the area and we are continuing to work alongside the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to understand the full circumstances of what happened in the moments before this incredibly sad, fatal collision.”

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “We are shocked and distressed to confirm that two members of our team lost their lives today in an accident involving a train.

“We do not currently know the details behind this dreadful accident and we are fully cooperating with the British Transport Police and Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

“Our thoughts are with the families of our colleagues and our members of staff who will be affected by this tragic loss, and we will provide all the support we can.”

Comments

very very sad and causing me mentally suffering. Pray to GOD to give their families patience affected by the loss of lives.

mian muhammad anwar, 4 July 2019

Perhaps the Victorian railway practice of having flagmen to guard lineside workers was a good idea. Then the Victorian era was the first for many basic good practices A tragic event that occurred because safety was not thought through properly

Roger Ward FCIOB PQS(F), 7 July 2019

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