Man killed on level crossing "had headphones on"
A MAN who died after being struck by a train was riding his bike and listening to headphones at the time, it is claimed.
The man has been named locally as Phil Dawn, 34, of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and is believed to be a father-of-three.
The tragedy happened at the Kingsmill Barrow crossing between Sutton Park and Mansfield railway stations at about 4.30pm on Wednesday.
A British Transport Police spokesman said: "The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious and at this time appears to have been a tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the man's family and friends.
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"The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has also been notified. A file will be prepared for the coroner.
"We believe at this stage he was riding his bike and had headphones on."
The train involved was the 3.55pm Nottingham to Mansfield service. Lines were closed but reopened 5.30pm.
The Office for Rail Regulation said it had been told of the incident and had launched its own investigation.
There have been a number of deaths at level crossings in Notts in recent years.
In July last year, a man died after being hit by a train near the Meadow Lane level crossing in Long Eaton.
In January 2009, a man was killed near the Barton Lane level crossing, in Attenborough.
And in November 2008, Jean Hoggart, 65, and her seven-year-old grandson Michael Dawson died at a pedestrian-only crossing off Moor Road, near Bestwood Village.
Mrs Hoggart's husband, Laurence, sued Network Rail for failing to ensure the crossing was safely lit and to put up adequate warning signs. The case was settled out of court.