Graffiti tagger killed by 'quiet train'

Last updated 16:59 23/01/2013
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A graffiti tag close to the tunnel at Lewisham appeared to show the word "Ontre".

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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".

She said that on that night she had to warn two police officers to get off the tracks when a train they did not hear appeared at speed behind them.

The inquest heard that trains travelled quietly through residential areas at night.

The inquest continues.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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