AN INQUEST has been opened into the death of a man who was hit by a train in Cwmbran.

On Sunday, November 13, British Transport Police (BTP) were called to an incident on the railway near Court Road, Cwmbran.

The man was identified as Anthony Gerard Webb, a 54-year-old unemployed lorry driver from Merthyr.

As previously reported by the Argus, South Wales Ambulance Service were called at 7.15pm on Sunday following reports that a person had been hit by a train.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a crew in an emergency ambulance and a doctor attended but the man died at the scene.

Rail lines were blocked between Hereford and Newport and train passengers faced delays of up to two hours as emergency services attended.

The inquest heard that the man was pronounced dead at 8pm on Sunday and taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital.

A post mortem was carried out yesterday (Wednesday, November 16) listing two provisional causes of death.

These included “multiple fatal injuries” and “severe blunt force trauma”.

British Transport Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the death and there was no objection to the release of the body for the purposes of cremation.

In view of the evidence, Newport’s senior coroner for Gwent, David Bowen, adjourned the inquest for two months to allow enquiries into the death to be concluded.

The body has also been released to the family for funeral purposes.