Landsborough station
Landsborough station

Bike rider pushed his luck

A MAN who rode his pushbike across a train line at Landsborough has been highlighted as one of the most chilling "near misses" on Queensland's rail network this year.

The incident occurred at the Caloundra Rd railway crossing on an unspecified date.

Queensland Rail spokesman Greg Ford said the man rode around the boom gates and crossed the line only 100 metres from an oncoming train.

The incident was highlighted as Queensland Rail released shocking new statistics revealing the top crossings for close calls.

Mr Ford said the man was one of 32 motorists and pedestrians who took the "ultimate risk" at railway crossings on the Caboolture/Sunshine Coast line during the 12 months.

They contributed to almost 200 near misses across the City network, he said.

"The majority of incidents involved people pushing through pedestrian gates or racing a train as the boom gates are being lowered - behaviour which is extremely dangerous and illegal.

"It's shocking this many people were willing to gamble with their lives at railway crossings, for the sake of saving a couple of minutes.

"Another near miss occurred at Geebung, where a collision was avoided by just 20 metres after a young person illegally crossed the tracks at the Newman Rd railway crossing.

"Thankfully, collisions were avoided in both of these instances, however, any near miss is a catastrophe waiting to happen."

Mr Ford said people who "took on" a train were not only endangering their own lives, but also risking the lives of others, including crew and passengers aboard the train, other motorists and pedestrians.

"Even if no-one is injured, near misses can be extremely traumatic for train drivers, and can leave many of them with horrible flashbacks which can last a lifetime."

The good news was that misses at railway crossings across the state had decreased from 489 to 351 - nearly 30% - since Queensland Rail's "Crosses" campaign was launched in June last year.


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