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The Queensland coroner will on Tuesday start an inquest into the death of three boys struck by a train in Brisbane in 2006.
Hayden Duncan, 11, his brother Glen Duncan, 8, of Mount Gravatt East, and their nine-year-old cousin Reggie Fisher, of Carole Park, died instantly when they were struck by a passenger train between Goodna and Redbank stations in Brisbane's west about 6.40pm (AEST) on March 11, 2006.
They were killed just 40 minutes after police cautioned them for standing too close to the edge of the platform.
Hayden and Glen's father Joe Duncan said at the time the boys were following the train tracks home because they didn't want to walk on a busy road.
But the boys had previously been cautioned by their parents about the dangers of walking along the tracks.
Mr Duncan described the children as "happy go lucky" and "best mates, best cousins and best brothers".
"They liked to get out and explore things and run and just be boys," Mr Duncan told AAP in 2006.
Police at the time said Queensland Rail had reported rocks being thrown at trains in the area about 10 minutes before the accident.
It was possible the children did not hear or see the train coming, as the accident occurred only 30 metres from the busy Ipswich Motorway, police said.
Investigators were also reportedly told of gaps in the rail safety fence and a gate regularly left open by rail staff to give easy access for maintenance purposes.
The death of the boys sparked an outpouring of generosity, with thousands of dollars raised nationally to cover their funeral expenses.
The inquest will examine the use of train headlights in city areas, the response of rail officials to instances of trespass onto corridors and the actions of the train driver.
It is expected to run for three days.
© 2009 AAP
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