Man killed by train at railway level crossing

A man has died after being hit by a train at a level crossing in the Hunter region on Saturday.
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Emergency services were called to Kingdon Street in Scone at about 9.45pm after the incident.

A police spokeswoman said the circumstances of how the crash occurred were not yet known.

Police are investigating and will prepare a report for the coroner.

There are two railway crossings in Scone that have boom gates and flashing lights in place, according to Transport for NSW.

It is understood that there is also a third crossing without flashing lights or boom gates, where the incident occurred.

Across NSW, there are about 3800 railway level crossings, which have stop or give way signs in place, use flashing lights or flashing lights and boom gates when trains are approaching, or have underpasses or over-bridges.

Level crossings in the Hunter, Illawara and north-west NSW were at the centre of a “level crossing improvement program” run by Transport for NSW in 2012, which aimed to improve safety awareness.

There were 27 collisions between trains or trams and road vehicles at level crossings across between 2015 and 2016, according to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.

However, figures from 1997 to 2002 show that pedestrians have been killed at railway crossings in far greater numbers than vehicle occupants or cyclists, with 66 pedestrian deaths across the country over that time, compared to 25 deaths involving occupants of cars.

Recent pedestrian incidents include a woman who was waiting at a crossing in Brighton, Victoria in July 2015, began crossing once the train passed, and was hit by a train travelling in the opposite direction. /*\n”,color:”green”, title:”Level crossing fatality”, maxWidth:200, open:0}] );}if (!window.gmapsLoaders) window.gmapsLoaders = [];window.gmapsLoaders.push(CreateGMapgmap201711247203);window.gmapsAutoload=true;/*]]>*/