Semi-trailer avoids collision

MOTORISTS are urged to be extra vigilant on the roads after a truck narrowly avoided a collision with a QR National coal train near Rolleston last week.

At about 7.20pm Thursday, a semi-trailer failed to stop at the Rolleston Rd crossing as the train approached.

The train’s headlights were on and the operator was continually sounding the horn.

The driver was forced to apply the emergency brake and narrowly missed colliding with the truck by an estimated two metres.

QR National network services acting executive vice president David Collins said the event was extremely traumatic for the train’s crew.

He said, they were immediately relieved from duty.

“As is often the case in incidents like these, the truck driver has made an error of judgement which could have ended in tragedy,” he said.

“These incidents are very distressing for our drivers, as they know the possible consequences.

“If motorists ignore the signs and signals at a level crossing and drive in front of a coal train, our drivers can’t swerve, they can’t dodge, they can only apply the emergency brake and hope to stop in time.

“We implore people to observe road rules at rail crossings including stopping at stop signs and not moving off until it is safe to do so.”

QR National said the incident was being investigated by police, however Rolleston and Springsure officers were unaware of the event.

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