Woman killed having sex on railway tracks

A moment of passion between a Ukrainian man and woman has ended in tragedy after the woman was killed and the man's legs torn off by a train as they made love on a railway track, police say.

The middle-aged woman was killed instantly, while her partner lost both legs and was hospitalised after the pair were hit by a switcher locomotive, the country's Interior Ministry said on it's website.

The 41-year-old man reportedly told police in the town of Zaporozhye that he and his girlfriend could not contain their desire for one another.

"Returning from our friends', my girlfriend and I could not overcome our passionate nature and wanted to feel a sense of thrill near a railway track," he said.

According to a police spokesperson it is believed the pair were drunk at the time of the accident.

The ministry has not released the names of the victims.