AN ALLEGED graffiti vandal was struck killed by a train in Sydney’s south overnight, after darting between railway tracks defacing stationary carriages.
Just after 12am this morning emergency services were called to Vanessa St, Kingsgrove, after reports of a man being hit by a train near Kingsgrove Train Station
Police entered the railyard through security gates stationed along Vanessa St, which run parallel to the tracks, and inspected the stopped train — where they discovered the deceased man’s body.
The train had just left Kingsgrove station heading south towards Macarthur, when it is understood to have hit the man, who was alleged to have been fleeing from another train which he had vandalised close by.
It is unknown at this point how the man entered the highly secured railway area — with police doing preliminary sweeps of the razor-sharp, barbed wire fencing lining the sides of the train area.
Passengers were stuck on board for about an hour while emergency services secured and inspected the scene.
It wasn’t until about 1.20am that disgruntled and tired passengers on board were able to disembark from the train and onto buses to take them on to their destination.
One passenger, who did not give her name, said she hadn’t felt or heard a thing, but that a person on board with her believed he may have seen the person under the train.
“Someone in the carriage with us said he saw the body,” the woman said.
Another weary traveller, who also did not wish to be identified, remarked said she thought she heard a noise right before the train applied the brakes.
City rail suspended all southbound trains between Turrella and Macarthur on the Airport Line while forensics examined the scene, and released a statement announcing they do not yet have a forecast of when the line will be reopened.
The deceased man has not yet been formally identified and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.
Investigations are ongoing.