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A foolish game of "chicken" among three "intoxicated" friends at Fairy Meadow train station ended in tragedy on Friday afternoon.
A man, believed to be aged between 35 and 45, was hit by a train and killed just before peak hour, throwing the start of the long weekend into chaos for commuters.
A man was hit and killed by a train at Fairy Meadow train station.CREDIT:ADAM MCLEAN
Police are treating the man's death as "misadventure".
Emergency services were called to the scene just before 4pm with reports of a fatality on the tracks.
About 300 passengers, many visibly upset, were evacuated from the carriages as emergency crews worked to recover the man's body.
NSW Ambulance's Illawarra duty manager, Norm Rees, said paramedics assessed two men who were with the victim and three railway workers including the train's driver.
He said the exact circumstances of the fatality would be determined by police.
"What I believe is we've got three males that were intoxicated and as a result of misadventure this guy has been hit by the train from the platform," he said.
The Mercury understands the victim stuck his head out towards the track, got hit by the train and was pulled underneath.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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