Train ac­ci­dent prompts pair to give back

Countryman - - WOOL -

Hav­ing been a St John Am­bu­lance driver and wit­ness­ing them save the life of one of her sons in a hor­rific Brook­ton train ac­ci­dent in May, Beryl Cop­ping and hus­band Alf did not hes­i­tate to do­nate some of their wool pro­ceeds to the com­mu­nity ser­vices last week.

Thomas Cop­ping, 32, lost his left arm and foot un­der the train when it started to move as he and his brother, David, 34, crossed through it to get from one side of the town­ship to the other.

With the train line dis­sect­ing the town, only two ac­cess roads at ei­ther end of the town­ship and long train car­riage lines some­times parked up for hours, this is some­thing lo­cals have done for many years — and still do. Thomas was en­joy­ing a Satur­day night catch-up with his brother, who had only just ar­rived in town to visit the fam­ily, but he slipped as the train moved and was dragged un­der­neath it un­til David man­aged to alert the driver.

Thomas was still un­der the train when Beryl ar­rived on the scene.

“The ser­vices got there pretty quickly. It was trau­matic for ev­ery­one in­volved, as well as the fire ser­vice and St John guys,” she said.

The do­nated wool from Alf and Beryl’s small farm fea­tured in the West­coast wool auc­tion cat­a­logue at the Fre­man­tle sell­ing cen­tre last week. West­coast also plans to add to the do­na­tion for the Brook­ton fire and St John ser­vices.

Stephen Keat­ley, who op­er­ates a wool shed with West­coast Wool & Live­stock at Brook­ton, with lo­cals Alf and Beryl Cop­ping and their son Thomas.

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