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Rail workers killed by train didnt hear it because of their ear defenders

The two men were killed on the tracks near Port Talbot this morning (Picture: PA)

Two railway workers who d..

By admin , in England , at July 3, 2019

The scene on a section of track near Port Talbot after two railway workers died after being struck by a train. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 3, 2019. British Transport Police (BTP) said a third railway worker was uninjured in the incident and is being treated for shock. See PA story TRANSPORT PortTalbot. Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

The two men were killed on the tracks near Port Talbot this morning (Picture: PA)

Two railway workers who died after being struck by a train near Port Talbot could not hear it approaching due to their ear defenders, British Transport Police have said.

The men, aged 58 and 64, were both pronounced dead at the scene, while a third Network Rail worker was treated by medics for shock.

An investigation is now underway into what caused the fatal crash, but it is understood signalers were unaware workers were on the line Swansea and London Paddington.

One railway worker said: The driver immediately called in the accident saying he had struck the three workers and ambulances were called.

A signal worker didnt know that they were there. It could be that they hadnt notified the right people.

The scene on a section of track near Port Talbot after two railway workers died after being struck by a train. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 3, 2019. British Transport Police (BTP) said a third railway worker was uninjured in the incident and is being treated for shock. See PA story TRANSPORT PortTalbot. Photo credit should read: Jacob King/PA Wire

Both men died at the scene (Picture: PA)

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There have been a lot of near misses on the tracks recently with contractors working on the line.

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The Great Western Railway passenger service from Swansea to Cardiff was brought to a halt just outside Port Talbot Parkway at around 9.29am on July 3.

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Union bosses called the incident an appalling tragedy and have demanded answers from Network Rail.

Passengers were kept on the train for more than two hours before being evacuated onto buses.

One shocked passenger described seeing a large number of emergency service vehicles at the scene, while another said the impact of the incident was not felt on-board.

The scene of the crash where two rail workers have died after being hit by a passenger train at Margam between Port Talbot Parkway and Bridgend stations. July 3, 2019. The pair were struck near Margam by the Swansea to London Paddington train at about 10:00 BST. They were pronounced dead at the scene and a third person was treated for shock, but was not injured, British Transport Police (BTP) said. Network Rail said it was "shocked and distressed" that "two members of our team lost their lives". Bill Kelly, the company's route managing director for Wales, added: "We are fully cooperating with the British Transport Police and Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

Passengers were kept on-board the train (Picture: SWNS)

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