Aurizon: ‘This tragedy will be felt right through Central Qld’ – Australia News

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RAIL company Aurizon has released a statement about a crash on a level crossing which claimed the life of 66-year-old Calen man Robert Reid.

Mr Reid was driving a prime mover with a trailer when it was hit by an Aurizon train at a crossing in Pindi Pindi shortly before 10am on Tuesday, August 29.

The crossing was on an unmade road and had a stop sign and a sign saying “look for trains” as a warning.

A spokesperson for Aurizon said: “We extend our condolences to the family of the driver of the vehicle. This is a tragic incident that will be felt deeply by the local community, including our train drivers and employees who live and work in Central Queensland.

“While our train driver is uninjured, she is understandably very shaken by the incident and we are ensuring that everything is being done to support her.

“This tragic incident is a poignant reminder of the need for constant vigilance around railways and when using designated level crossings.

“When our train drivers see a vehicle or a person on the tracks, they can’t immediately stop or swerve to miss them like you could in a motor vehicle.

“Even when the emergency brakes are applied, it can take a loaded train up to two kilometres before the train can stop.

“All level crossings have some form of safety protection including stop signs, and motorists need to act in accordance with this protection and obey the road rules.”

Mr Reid’s family did not reply to requests for comment.

Jonathan Reichard

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