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Two people have been hit by trains in separate incidents on Melbourne’s rail network on Thursday.
One woman has been confirmed dead, with a Victoria Police spokeswoman saying a woman had died after being struck by a train between Yarraville and Seddon stations, on the Werribee line. The incident is not being treated as suspicious.
Shortly before midday another person was hit by a train on the Pakenham line between Dandenong and Berwick. All trains to the area have been suspended and bus services are being arranged, according to Metro Trains.
It is believed the person was a passenger and it is unclear as yet the extent of the injuries sustained. The first incident, involving the woman, occurred about 11am, between Footscray and Newport, forcing the suspension of trains in both directions. Disruptions have also been caused on the Sunbury line as a result.
Buses are operating between Footscray and Newport. Metro has warned commuters to expect delays.
On Tuesday, three men hauled a woman off the tracks and out of the path of an oncoming train with seconds to spare at Richmond station.
Laurence Deal, 36, a former train-track electrician, said he climbed down onto the tracks after he saw two other men helping the unconscious woman, and lifted her onto the platform a mere 25 seconds before the city-bound train arrived on Tuesday.
’’The first guy was starting to wave the train down, and the second guy and I picked the girl up and put her back on the platform,’’ he told Fairfax Media.
For help or information visit beyondblue.org.au, call Suicide Helpline Victoria on 1300 651 251, or Lifeline on 131 114.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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