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Gareth Delbridge (L) and Michael Lewis (R) were hit by a train in July

There were no formally appointed lookouts at the site where two rail workers were hit and killed by a train, a report has said.

Gareth Delbridge, 64, and Michael “Spike” Lewis, 58, died on 3 July after being struck near Margam, Port Talbot.

An interim report from the Rail Accidents Investigation Branch (RAIB) said a third worker came “very close” to being hit.

The three were part of a group of six carrying out maintenance work.

The train driver made an “emergency application of the train’s brakes” about nine seconds before the accident, the report said.

It was travelling at about 50mph (80km/h) when it hit the track workers.

“The RAIB’s preliminary conclusion is that the accident occurred because the three track workers were working on a line that was open to traffic, without the presence of formally appointed lookouts to warn them of approaching trains,” the report said.

None of the workers were aware a train was approaching, “until it was too late to move to a position of safety”.