Two killed after being hit by train in Port Talbot

3 July 2019, 12:25 | Updated: 3 July 2019, 12:31

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Two railway workers have died after they were hit by a train near Port Talbot.

British Transport Police said they were called to the railway line near Margam just before 10am.

The South Wales main line between Port Talbot Parkway and Bridgend is closed and is not expected to re-open until at least 14:00BST - with delays expected until the end of the day.

Bus replacement services are being organised between Cardiff Central and Swansea.

It's not yet clear how the incident happened.

A statement 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."

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch have been notified.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said: "We were called on Wednesday 3 July at approximately 09:58 to reports of a collision between a train and two people in the Port Talbot area. We responded with two rapid response vehicles, two ambulances, two vehicles from the Hazardous Area Response Team and were supported by a vehicle of the Wales Air Ambulance."

Transport Secretary Ken Skates tweeted: "Deeply shocked by the news about the tragic incident involving railway workers near Margam this morning, and my thoughts are with the families of those involved."

MP for Aberavon Stephen Kinnock tweeted: "I'm very concerned to see reports of the tragic accident on the rail line between Bridgend and Port Talbot... This is awful news, and my thoughts are with the families of all concerned."