Police identify car, train crash victim
POLICE have identified the man killed in a horrific collision between the car he was driving and the Australind train in Brunswick on Tuesday, January 30.
According to police, the 27year-old Mandurah man was driving a green Ford Festiva when it collided with the train at the Heppingstone Road railway crossing about 6.15am.
The railway crossing has no boom gates and is close to South Western Highway.
Police, firefighters and the RAC Rescue Helicopter were called to the crash, but the man died at the scene. He was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the crash.
The train driver and passengers were not injured, but all those aboard were offered counselling through the Public Transport Authority.
The passengers were transferred onto coach buses to continue their journey to Perth on Tuesday morning.
The train was still being inspected on the Wednesday with replacement buses organised.
An Arc Infrastructure spokeswoman said in a statement the crash was being investigated by the rail company.
“Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this extremely difficult time,” the spokeswoman said.
“We have commenced an investigation and can confirm that the level crossing warning lights were active and functioning correctly.
“We cannot make further comment at this time.”
Major Crash officers are investigating and want anyone who saw the crash or the vehicle prior, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The death was the fourth on South West roads this year.