Truck in close crossing call
THIS truckie is in a load of trouble.
The driver will be investigated by police after a near-miss at the Normanby St level crossing in Dingo on Wednesday was caught on a surveillance camera.
The QR National coal train was forced to pull up suddenly after a truck went through the crossing causing damage to lowered boom gates.
QR National's general manager coal south Craig Walker said it was time for people to take the safety message seriously before a fatality occurred.
"It's hard to believe with all the safety campaigns that we run in relation to the potential dangers of level crossings, that people are still willing to risk their lives for the sake of saving maybe a few seconds," he said.
"We spend a lot of time urging people to 'stop, look, listen and think' when they approach a level crossing and yet it seems some people think they are invincible by trying to outrun our freight trains."
Coal and freight trains can be up to 2km long and can take up to 1km to pull up when the emergency brakes are applied.
"Our drivers are very good at their job, but it's a matter of physics - they can't turn the train and they can't stop it suddenly.
"While most near misses end without a collision, our crews are left with the sickening memory of nearly having struck a car or truck on the tracks."
Duaringa Sergeant Paul James said offending motorists faced fines of $300 and the loss of three points for most level crossing offences.
"Motorists need to be aware that while the red light flashes and the boom gates are not in a full vertical position they are not to cross the crossing."