Two rail specialists who kicked the bucket in the wake of being hit by a traveler train were wearing ear safeguards and might not have heard it coming, police say.
The men, matured 58, from North Connelly, and 64, from Kenfig Hill, were struck close Margam by the Swansea to London Paddington train at about 10:00 BST.
The pair were articulated dead at the scene and a third individual was treated for stun, however was not harmed.
System Rail said it was “stunned and bothered” by the occurrence.
English Transport Police (BTP) Supt Andy Morgan stated: “After various dire enquiries into this shocking occurrence, it has been set up that the three individuals were railroad specialists who were chipping away at the lines at the time.
“The underlying phases of the examination propose that the two men who kicked the bucket had been wearing ear protectors at the time, deplorably, couldn’t hear the traveler train drawing closer.
“We have various officials who stay in the zone and we are proceeding to work close by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to comprehend the full conditions of what occurred at the times before this amazingly dismal, deadly impact.”
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Bill Kelly, Network Rail’s course overseeing chief for Wales, included: “We are completely coordinating with the British Transport Police and Rail Accident Investigation Branch.