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US NewsTrain driver sounded horn before rail workers fatally hit

13:50  19 july  2019
13:50  19 july  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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This is the first track worker to be fatally struck by a train in several years, I believe? BTP, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade were called to the railway line just south of Purley at 12.30am, and rail replacement buses were put on between Redhill and East Croydon.

Train driver sounded horn before rail workers fatally hit © Sky News Screen Grab Emergency services at the scene The driver of a train which hit and killed two rail workers sounded the horn when he spotted the men, accident investigators have said.

The two railway workers who died near Port Talbot in South Wales were wearing ear defenders and could not hear the train coming, police have confirmed.

Michael Lewis, 58, and Gareth Delbridge, 64, were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. A third person was treated for shock but was not injured.

The men had been carrying out engineering work on the line in South Wales on 3 July.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has revealed that the Great Western Railway train was travelling at around 73mph as it approached, but the driver spotted the track workers.

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A heroic railway worker then apparently dashes to his aid - just seconds before the pair are slammed by the fast-moving train . But The Sun Online can reveal the video is in fact A group of workers - who appear to be wearing Network Rail maintenance outfits - are then seen rushing towards the drunk man.

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Train driver sounded horn before rail workers fatally hit © Sky News Screen Grab Emergency services at the scene

He sounded the horn and applying emergency brakes.

By the time the train was near the workers it was travelling at around 50mph.

CCTV footage from the front of the train suggest the workers were not become aware of the train until it was "very close to them", the RAIB said.

The workers had been using a tool with a petrol engine, which required at least one of them to wear ear defenders.

Last week, Network Rail launched an initiative to improve the safety of track workers.

The firm's chief executive, Andrew Haines, said: "I don't want to see another track worker death."

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