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The parents of two teenagers killed when struck by express trains on the same level crossing in Melbourne want an urgent safety upgrade at the site.
David Bramwells, whose daughter Alana Nobbs, 15, was killed on the Centre Road level crossing near Bentleigh railway station on Friday morning, and Maureen Rainey, whose son Troy, 18, was killed six years earlier, spoke out today on the crossing's safety.
Alana's death was the third at the crossing, in Melbourne's south east, in six years.
In 2000, a 25-year-old woman was also hit by an express train.
Mr Bramwells said it appeared Alana opened a gate in a pedestrian island in the middle of the crossing and was hit as she ran to meet her friends and catch a train.
Her friends watched in horror as an express train on another track struck her.
"She was in the central island people stand and, from what I've been told, pushed the gate open and got hit by an express train," Mr Bramwells told the Nine network today.
"The express train - the same express train - has killed three children in the morning and none of the three children over the years heard that train.
"They were just taken out. They had no idea that train was coming."
Ms Rainey said her son was killed after he followed others through the gate to catch a train.
Mr Bramwells said he had met Connex Train officers to discuss ways to improve safety at the crossing.
"We are looking at all possibilities including reopening the underpass and including the ground level crossing," he said.
The crossing was closed in the mid-1990s because of repeated flooding and security concerns.
Victorian police will prepare a report for the Coroner, while Connex Trains will run its own investigation.
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