Dice with death

THREE teenagers narrowly escaped serious injury or death, after a near miss with the Tilt Train yesterday.

The north-bound Tilt Train was travelling at 140 kilometres an hour when it had to apply its emergency brakes to avoid hitting the youths at the northern end of the Boyne River Bridge near Benaraby.

Queensland Rail acting chief executive officer Martin Ryan is urging parents to take notice of what their children are doing over the festive season and remind them not to play near train tracks.

"This incident could easily have ended in tragedy, not only for the three youths but their families, friends and of course the train driver," Mr Ryan said.

"As you can imagine, this has shaken the train driver - the three youths, aged between 10 and 13 years, don't know just how lucky they are.

"Tannum Sands police went to the bridge to investigate, however, the youths had already fled.

"This is one of multiple incidents in Central Queensland this year which could have quite easily become a fatality.

"We often wonder if people who choose to ignore rail safety actually understand the dangers.

"Queensland Rail's community education team has recently visited schools in regional Queensland, reinforcing the importance of rail safety to students. All we ask is that parents are aware of what their kids are up to these holidays."

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