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Two Dead in Port Talbot Rail Accident

Investigation launched after incident near Margam

Two rail workers have died after being hit by a train on railway tracks near Port Talbot.

British Transport Police say the incident happened just before 10 this morning near Margam and investigations are ongoing.

Network Rail have issued a statement. It 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.”

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch says two inspectors are now at the site to gather evidence.

Paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service were also called but the two people were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Superintendent Andy Morgan from British Transport Police, 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.”

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "This is shocking news. RMT is attempting to establish the full facts but our immediate reaction is that this is an appalling tragedy and that no one working on the railway should be placed in the situation that has resulted in the deaths that have been reported this morning.

"As well as demanding answers from Network Rail, and a suspension of all similar works until the facts are established, the union will be supporting, our members and their families at this time.

"Our thoughts are with those involved in this incident and their loved ones. The union will issue further statements as the facts become clear."

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