A jogger who was struck by a train and killed in Melbourne's south-east last night was wearing earphones at the time and may not have heard the train approaching from behind, police believe.
The 27-year-old man was also distracted by a second oncoming Metro train as he ran less than a metre from the train tracks in the rain in Pakenham about 6.45pm.
Police said witnesses saw the Pakenham man running close to the tracks in a westerly direction when he was hit by a Melbourne-bound train near the new Cardinia Road railway station.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the jogger was also believed to have been distracted by the lights of an oncoming train.
"There were two opposing trains approaching at the time," the spokeswoman said.
"He may have been distracted by the earphones and the lights of the oncoming train."
She said it was not clear why the man was running close to the tracks instead of on a nearby footpath.
Paramedics were called to the stretch of track between Cardinia Road and McGregor Road but were unable to save the man.
Passengers were evacuated from the train near Moore Mews and the Pakenham line was suspended between Dandenong and Pakenham stations for several hours last night while police investigated the death.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.