‘Top bloke' killed by train
A GATTON man described by his friends as a "top bloke" was struck and killed by a coal train after he fell on the tracks walking home from the pub on Monday night.
Police have identified the man as Steven Doyle, known as "Hydey" and a regular at the Commercial Hotel.
Friend and workmate of the man, Steven Bull said Hydey was well liked in town.
"He was a top young lad and you couldn't find a better person if you tried," Mr Bull said.
"Everybody in Gatton knew him and liked him.
"This has really cut us all up."
A Commercial Hotel employee said a remembrance plaque would be put up in the hotel for Hydey.
Gatton Police Sergeant Bernie Wilce said police were called to the Gaul Street crossing about 11pm on Monday to find the man deceased at the scene.
"We believe he was walking from a licensed premises back to his residence and for whatever reason he has stumbled and fallen on the train line," Sergeant Wilce said.
"He was then hit by the train."
Trains passing Gaul Street were delayed until early yesterday morning as police investigated the death.
Sgt Wilce said Mr Doyle was a resident in the area for around 12 months.
He said police were continuing to investigate the death.
A Queensland Rail spokeswoman said they offered their sincerest condolences to the man's family and would also support any staff who require counselling.
"Safety is Queensland Rail's number one priority, and the public is urged to remain vigilant around the rail corridor," the spokeswoman said.
"Incidents like this serve as a tragic reminder that trains can be anywhere at any time."
The news of this incident comes three months after a 23-year-old man survived being hit by a coal train in Murphys Creek after he was found lying on the tracks.
Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.