Two railway workers hit and killed by a train they reportedly didn't hear coming have been identified.
Michael 'Spike' Lewis, 58, and Gareth 'Gazza' Delbridge, 64, were killed by the vehicle travelling between Swansea and Cardiff yesterday.
Police believe the two workers, both from Bridgend county in Wales, were struck by the train because they could not hear it while wearing ear defenders.
Welsh Ambulance Service paramedics dashed to the scene near Port Talbot but were unable to save the men.
A third person was treated for shock at the scene.
Mr Lewis's family issued a statement via British Transport Police this afternoon.
It 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.”
Meanwhile a Facebook post from the Kenfig Hill Rugby Social Club earlier today confirmed Mr Delbridge was the second victim.
He was described as a "a long and loyal club member and friend."
The post continued: "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."
British Transport Police said yesterday early indications were that the workers were using ear defenders.
"The initial stages of the investigation suggest that the two men who died had been wearing ear defenders at the time and tragically they could not hear the passenger train approaching," said Superintendent Andy Morgan.
"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.
"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.
"The two men's families have been both informed and we will be providing them with as much help and support as possible through this undoubtedly difficult and distressing time.
"Likewise, we will make sure those who witnessed this traumatic incident, both at the scene and on board the striking train, receive the necessary support they require."
Police also thanked passengers for their patience,and Wales Ambulance Service responders who rushed to the scene.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has called for all "similar works" to be suspended while the crash is investigated.
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