Train-death cyclist had headphones on

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A CYCLIST killed in an accident on Hucknall, Bulwell and Newstead’s Robin Hood railway is understood to have been wearing headphones when he was hit by a train.

The 34-year-old tragically died at the Sutton Parkway level-crossing between Sutton and Mansfield on Wednesday May 2.

Long rush-hour delays were caused to commuters as the Nottingham-to-Worksop line was closed from 4.35 pm to 5.30 pm as British Transport Police (BTP) launched an investigation.

The victim died at the scene. He has been named locally as Phil Dawn, of Sutton, who is believed to be a father of three.

A spokesman for BTP said: “The death is currently being treated as non-suspicious. It appears to have been a tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends.

“The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has also been notified. A file will be prepared for the Coroner.

“We believe, at this stage, the man was riding his bike and had headphones on.”

The train involved was the 3.55 pm service from Nottingham.

There have been several deaths at railway level-crossings in recent years.

The most high-profile on the Robin Hood Line was that of grandma Jean Hoggart (65) and her seven-year-old grandson, Mikey Dawson, in November 2008.

They were killed at the pedestrian-only ‘Bone Mill’ crossing between Moor Road, Bestwood Village and Nottingham Road, Hucknall.