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The death of two men hit by a train in Altona Meadows in Melbourne's south-west was a "definite tragedy", police say.
The men, who have not yet been formally identified, were struck and killed near the Princes Freeway overpass by a train that had just left the Laverton railway station shortly before midnight on Thursday.
The homicide squad were initially called-in, but the transit crime investigation unit now have carriage of the case after homicide detectives found that the men had not died in suspicious circumstances.
It is understood police have ruled out any suggestion of criminality, saying the men were not graffitiing at the time, or trying to steal copper wire.
Transit Sergeant Alistair Boyd said it was too early to comment on what the men were doing on the train line at the time.
"In this case, it's a definite tragedy," he said.
The two men hit by a train in Melbourne's west overnight weren't stealing wire or graffitiing and they weren't murdered either, police say.. Photo: Paul Jeffers
Distressed family turned up to the scene on Friday morning and were notified of the deaths.
A car parked in nearby Linden Street was towed by police, who believe it likely belonged to one of the men.
Sergeant Boyd said the train, which was heading towards the city, was travelling within the 65km/h limit on that section of the track.
Two people have been hit and killed by a train near Laverton Station in Altona Meadows. Police and SES are investigating at the scene. Photograph Paul Jeffers The Age NEWS 13 May 2016
He said the train driver, who was being looked after by Metro's welfare unit, was traumatised.
The 13 passengers onboard did not witness the moment of impact.
Paul Bekesi, who has lived across the road from the railway line for 30 years, said it was a common spot for people to cross the lines, despite a footbridge being a five-minute walk away.
He said he heard nothing until police arrived. "It's sad, pretty sad. It shouldn't have happened," he said.
Commuters were ferried in buses between Laverton and Westona before the train line reopened on Friday morning.
Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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