How is the signal man killed, and what made this death disturbing in Charles Dickens's story "The Signalman"?

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The signal man is killed as he is coming out of the tunnel holding a lamp with his back to an oncoming train. The driver says that he tried to attract the signal man's attention, first by using his whistle and then by shouting out, but the signal man didn't hear him, and the driver didn't have the time to stop. The narrator asks the driver what he shouted out and the driver tells him he shouted, "Below there! Look out! Look out! For God's sake clear the way!'" It is almost the same phrasing that the signal man had said the ghost had...

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