Train accident prompts pair to give back
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.