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Trucks close call with train

Dingo has become a hotspot for impatient drivers in recent weeks. QR National recently released camera footage showing a car and truck flouting the flashing lights.
Dingo has become a hotspot for impatient drivers in recent weeks. QR National recently released camera footage showing a car and truck flouting the flashing lights.

A COAL train and truck avoided colliding at a railway crossing on the Comet River Rd by the slender margin of 5m last week.

Emerald police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves said the driver of the coal train on the Rolleston mine spur had to apply the emergency brakes to avoid a crash last Thursday at 2pm.

He confirmed action will be taken against the truck driver.

"It is becoming like a game in the Central Highlands," Snr Sgt Reeves said.

"Police have received a number of calls from QR National in relation to near misses on crossings throughout the Central Highlands.

"On receipt of information, police will follow up on any complaints.

"There could be dire consequences if an accident takes place and people are reminded it is an offence to pass through a rail crossing once the red flashing lights are activated, even if there are no boom gates.

"A car cannot compete against a train."

QR National has moved to highlight the cavalier attitude of motorists at Bowen Basin level crossings in recent months, pleading for greater responsibility to be taken by road users.

Offences relating to breaches of laws at railway crossings carry $300 fines and three demerit points.


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