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Tributes to rail workers, 58 and 64, killed by train they couldn’t hear after wearing ear defenders

  • Molly Rose Pike
  • 4 Jul 2019, 9:47
  • Updated: 4 Jul 2019, 12:49
TRIBUTES have been paid to the two railway workers who died together when they were hit by a train yesterday morning.

Gareth Delbridge, 64, from Kenfig Hill, South Wales, and his co-worker, Michael ‘Spike’ Lewis, 58, of North Cornelly, were wearing ear defenders and didn't hear the train coming before it struck them near Port Talbot.

Mr Delbridge was described as a "true gentleman" by John Hyde, club director of Kenfig Hill RFC, of which the victim was a huge fan.

Writing on the club's Facebook page, Mr Hyde described Gareth as a much loved family and popular at the club.

He said: "Gareth was always happy and joyful.

"He loved his darts and had been involved with the club for 30 years as a member of the darts' team."

The club announced news of his death on Facebook last night.


The post read: "He will be surely missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing Gareth. He was, without doubt one of the nicest persons you would ever want to meet, a true gentleman and an all round great guy. RIP Gareth we are all going to miss your happy charm."

Michael's family said he was "loved by everyone" in an emotional tribute this morning.

They said: "He was known by everyone, and loved by everyone.

"We would like to thank everyone so much for their support during this difficult time and ask that we are now given the space we need to grieve."

The two men were hit by the train just before 10am yesterday morning between Port Talbot Parkway and Bridgend railway stations.


Paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service rushed to the scene, tragically confirming two people had died.

Network Rail was facing demands for answers last night as Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced an investigation into the deaths near Port Talbot, South Wales.

Superintendent Andy Morgan from British Transport Police, said: “Following a number of urgent enquiries into this tragic incident, it has been established that the three people were railway workers who were working on the lines at the time.

“The initial stages of the investigation suggest that the two men who died had been wearing ear defenders at the time, tragically, could not hear the a passenger train approaching.


“We have a number of officers who remain in the area and we are continuing to work alongside the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to understand the full circumstances of what happened in the moments before this incredibly sad, fatal collision."

A passenger on board the train, which had left Swansea at 9.29am, said the train came to an abrupt stop moments after leaving Port Talbot Parkway.

He said there was a lot of shock amongst passengers as the Great Western service train came to a standstill.

He said: "We weren’t sure what was happening, but a train manager came through the train and said the railway workers had been hit by the train. We are still on the train and have been told that we are understandably going to be here for some time.

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