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A WORKER has been killed on the rail line at Guildford, halting rail services between Midland and Perth.
The person was struck by the train near Meadow and James Street about 10.45am.
Public Transport Authority spokesman David Hynes confirmed the person struck by the city-bound train had been killed.
A commuter at the station told PerthNow: “Another worker tells me a worker wearing a hi-viz shirt was hit by a train and that it didn’t look good’.’’
It appears the train has struck the worker on the front left of the driver’s cabin.
The worker’s body was removed from the train tracks about 12.45pm and the empty train then headed towards the city at about 1pm.
A Public Transport Authority statement confirmed it was a PTA employee who was killed.
“The man was part of a crew carrying out maintenance work on a pedestrian crossing near Meadow Street. The man was struck by a Perth bound train at 10.35am.
“The Office of Rail Safety and WorkSafe have been notified. The PTA will assist with their inquiries as well as conducting a full investigation of its own.
“There were about 50 passengers on the train involved. They completed their journey on a replacement bus.
“Trains were cancelled between Bassendean and Midland and replacement buses organised.
Full services resumed about 1.15pm.
WorksafeWA have confirmed it has been notified of the fatality and inspectors will attend the scene.
The train involved in the incident was stationary for several hours as police, PTA workers and emergency personnel dealt with the incident.
This article first appeared on www.perthnow.com.au
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