Train driver in shock after hitting car left on tracks

AURIZON is fuming about the idiocy that forced the driver of a 10,000 tonne train to collide with an abandoned vehicle in Gladstone.

Aurizon vice-president safety, health and environment Neil Backer said the idiotic behaviour had endangered lives and the mental health of the driver.

"Our drivers were simply going about their jobs, and now they are left with the sickening memory of having struck a car on the tracks, at the time having no knowledge of whether or not it had occupants," he said.

"These trains weigh in excess of 10 thousand tonnes and it's impossible for our drivers to stop.

"The perpetrators should reflect on the safety implications and the toll such an incident takes on our train crew."

The vehicle had been pushed down an embankment and came to rest sat on the tracks where it was hit by the coal train at 8pm on Saturday, outside of Callemondah.

The driver had no physical injuries but was shocked and offered counselling.

The train sustained minor damage.

Aurizon is assisting police with their investigations.

Topics:  aurizon crash editors picks gladstone train crash

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Kilcoy gets a run at history

HONOURED: Somerset's Matthew Heck will carry the Queens Baton through Kilcoy next Tuesday.

Queen's Baton Relay celebrations to hit town next week.

Rain gives a boost to prices

ON THE RISE: Recent rain in the state is driving demand for cattle.

Cattle prices recover from last year's fall

Have you seen the car connected to a Laidley robbery?

Police are appealing for information on a break and enter of the QN Hotel in Laidley.

If you know anything contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Local Partners