Two railway workers killed and another injured after being hit by train in Wales

Two railway workers killed and another injured after being hit by train in Wales

TWO railway workers have been killed and a third badly injured after they were struck by a train near Port Talbot in Wales.

The incident occurred on the tracks between Port Talbot Parkway and Bridgend railway stations shortly before 10am this morning.

Three workers were struck by a Great Western Railway train from Swansea to Cardiff near the Port Talbot suburb of Margam.

The Welsh Ambulance Service was called to the scene and the British Transport Police (BTP) have confirmed that two people sadly died at the scene.

BTP Superintendent Andy Morgan said: "We are making a number of urgent enquiries to understand exactly what happened in the moments leading to this fatal collision.

"Very sadly two people have died and my officers are now working to identify them and ensure that their families are supported at this incredibly difficult time."

National Rail said all lines were blocked following the incident and advised passengers to seek alternative routes.

"A serious incident has occurred on the railway this morning, with three members of railway staff struck by a train," a spokesperson said.

"All lines are currently blocked between Bridgend and Swansea and will remain closed whilst the emergency services attend and investigations take place.

"There is no firm estimate available as to when the line will reopen, however, we anticipate trains will remain disrupted until at least 14:00.

"Trains are currently unable to run between Bridgend and Swansea. Trains will be cancelled or delayed by up to 90 minutes."

In a statement, Great Western Railway added: "Emergency services are dealing with an incident between Port Talbot and Pyle.

"Passengers should be aware that services are disrupted.

"We are working with Transport for Wales to coordinate rail replacement buses between Swansea, Bridgend and Cardiff. We advise passengers to check before they travel."

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has been notified.