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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.

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‘‘Dad’s just been hit by a train.’’

They were the heartbreaking words of two young brothers, aged five and six, who were found wandering, alone and frightened in the dark, beside the Pacific Highway in Wyong on Monday night.

A woman who was driving along the highway about 9pm spotted the boys and, when she realised they were not with a parent or guardian, immediately stopped her vehicle to find out what was wrong.

Chief Inspector Rod Peet, from the Tuggerah Lakes local area command, said the boys relayed to her what had just played out before their eyes.

The boys and their 43-year-old father had just been to a nearby shop to pick up some groceries, and were taking a short-cut back back across the railway line to their home when tragedy struck.

‘‘The boys had then walked back to the Pacific Highway and been located by a passing female motorist. They were walking by the side of the road,’’ Chief Inspector Peet said.

‘‘They said ‘Dad’s just been hit by train’.’’

Chief Inspector Peet said the accident occurred in the rail corridor, about 700 metres north of Wyong Railway Station.

‘‘This is a fenced and secure area of the rail corridor. It’s not an approved crossing,’’ Chief Inspector Peet said.

However one man posted on social media that the area where the man was killed was a ‘‘well known shortcut through the back unfortunately’’.

Chief Inspector Peet said he did not know how the man and his children got through the fence.

He said the father had already escorted his sons across the railway tracks, and had returned to the other side to pick up some grocery bags. When he crossed back he was struck by a north-bound commuter train that he did not see coming.

Police said the train driver was not aware that he had collided with the man and continued on to Fassifern.

It was only when the children raised the alarm that police discovered the man’s body.

Chief Inspector Peet 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, and were now in the care of their mother who lives in the Wyong area, Chief Inspector Peet said.

In the wake of the tragedy, police have urged pedestrians to only use designated crossing areas to cross rail corridors.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Police have urged anyone with information about the accident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.