Po­lice iden­tify car, train crash vic­tim

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER | NEWS - Kate Field­ing

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.

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