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POLICE have called for more awareness of railway safety following the death of a teenager in Seaford last Thursday.
The man, believed to be a Skye resident, was walking along the railway lines at 11.45pm when he was struck by a train headed for Frankston, about 200 metres from the nearest railway crossing.
Transit police Acting Inspector Andrew Rowlands said walking along railway lines at any time put people in a dangerous environment.
"The message we really need to get out to the community is that trains are very unforgiving when it comes to these sorts of accidents and railway lines are not a place to be wandering along, especially late at night," he said.
"The man was walking on the railway lines themselves and the train came up behind him and it would appear that he hasn't heard the train.
"At this stage we don't know if the male was wearing headphones or not or was unable to hear the train come up behind him."
Acting Inspector Rowlands said the man was wearing a dark hoodie over his head at the time of the incident.
"The train driver activated the emergency brake but the train was unable to stop in time. "[The driver] would have done everything in their power to provide warning but to no avail."
He said police would focus on rail safety over the next few months and hand out hefty fines to pedestrians and motorists caught doing the wrong thing.
"If you do have to cross a railway line, you need to pay due care and attention to cross at the designated crossings and when it is safe to do so."
Acting Inspector Rowlands said there had been 25 fatalities on railway lines this year and 24 incidents resulting in serious injuries.
This article first appeared on www.frankstonweekly.com.au
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