Tragic train accident on Central Coast
A father is killed in front of his two young children after being hit by a passenger train while crossing the tracks in Wyong on Monday night. Nine News.PT1M18S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-36b55 620 349 April 8, 2014
As they wandered alongside the busy Pacific Highway, frightened in the dark, young brothers Mick and Matthew Maloney were stopped by a passing motorist.
Asked what two young boys, aged 5 and 6, were doing out at that time of night at Wyong, the boys replied: ''Dad's just been hit by a train.''
On Monday night the two boys and their father, Michael Maloney, 43, went to a nearby shop to pick up some groceries.
Short cut: The site just outside Wyong where Michael Maloney was struck and killed by a train. Photo: Sasha Woolley
They were taking a short cut back across the railway line to their home when tragedy struck.
The father of nine was killed instantly when he was struck by a north-bound commuter train that he did not see coming. Police believe Mr Maloney had escorted his sons across the railway tracks and had returned to the other side to collect his shopping bags when he was struck.
The train driver was not aware Mr Maloney had been hit and continued on to Fassifern.
Michael Maloney, who was killed by a passenger train while crossing the tracks just north of Wyong station. Photo: Supplied
It was only when the two boys raised the alarm that police discovered the man's body.
Mr Maloney was a former jockey who had been based at Toowoomba. His stepson, Jamie Webber, said he was a top bloke and more of a mate to him but a loving father to his two youngest.
On Tuesday Mr Webber said that the boys were still trying to understand what had happened. ''We've never had this sort of drama in our lives, so we will just see how it goes,'' he said. At the Wyong Race Club, where Mr Maloney did freelance trackwork for several trainers, he was remembered as a man who loved his beer and his horses.
''He was very laid-back, an easy-going guy,'' trainer Brett Partelle said. ''Nothing was ever a problem. This is very shattering news.''
Locals said the spot where Mr Maloney was killed was a ''well-known'' way to the tracks. On Tuesday, even after the tragedy, people were still taking the same path.
Police have urged pedestrians to use only designated crossing areas to cross rail corridors.
Chief Inspector Road Peet, of the Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command, said it was 9pm and dark when the two young boys were found walking along the highway, and it was fortunate they were not struck by a vehicle.
The boys initially were taken to Wyong Police Station but were now in the care of their mother who lives in the area, he said.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.