A man killed in front of his two young sons as he crossed
train tracks on the NSW Central Coast is being remembered as
a "top bloke".
Michael Maloney was hit and killed by a passing commuter
train near Wyong on Monday evening as his five and
six-year-old sons looked on.
The 43-year-old had already crossed the line with his
children but returned to retrieve dropped groceries and was
His older stepson Jamie Webber told reporters the two boys
hadn't really spoken about the tragic accident.
"It's pretty hard, especially for my two younger brothers,"
"He always cared about them and he's just a top bloke."
A casual rider at the Wyong Race Club, Mr Maloney was often
spotted at the track with his two young sons.
When the boys were picked up by a passing motorist as they
wandered along the Pacific Highway, police say they said:
"Dad's been hit by a train".
There are a number of well-worn shortcuts through the fence
that runs along the rail line, which have since been closed,
local police said.
"There were several breaches in that fence. Whether he's
created them or not I'd say unlikely," Tuggerah Lakes police
Chief Inspector Rod Peet said.
"But there was certainly a shortcut that other people had
used as well."
The train driver was unaware of what happened and continued
to the next station.
Some social media users have flagged the idea of a local
fundraiser to help the family.
A report is being prepared for the coroner.