Darwin takes one, silent trains kill

Darwin has reached out and taken a stupid person, and it was a killer train that was the instrument of death:

A teenager spraying graffiti tags in Sydney’s inner west was caught “off-guard” and killed instantly by a train he may not have heard coming, a coronial inquest has heard.

Apprentice plumber Tre Toman, 18, was tagging near Lewisham station with two friends on the night of January 11 last year when a city-bound train hit him at the West Street overpass.

The Glebe Coroners court on Wednesday heard that Toman loved painting and spraying his “Ontre” tag, which can still be seen along rail corridors and elsewhere around Sydney. 

Leading Senior Constable Sarah Jessup, who attended the scene on the night, said Toman was killed instantly when the train cut him in two.

“It’s evident the train caught the male off-guard,” she said, reading her police report on the death.

Senior Constable Jessup said the train was travelling at about 85km/h and “would have been travelling quietly and not been heard”.

No doubt some wowser will now recommend that trains have a noise maker installed so more tagging scumbags aren’t cut in two by silent trains.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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