‘He was a bit shaken’: Freight train hits abandoned ute
A TRAIN driver has escaped injury after his freight locomotive smashed into a ute abandoned on tracks near Mallala, north of Adelaide.
It appears the vehicle skidded off the road, careered over a steep embankment and became stuck on the railway line, about 20m north of a level crossing near the junction of Calomba and Broster roads.
The Perth-Melbourne train slammed into the ute at 10.25pm on Friday before comAs ing to a halt about 200m along the track, smashing through a crossing sign.
Residents Victor and Judy Rayment, who live nearby, said they feared the worst when they heard the crash.
“I just heard the train blaring its horn, which they usually do when there’s a car waiting at the crossing just as a warning but this was like extra long and then during that horn blaring we just heard a thud,” Mr Rayment said.
“We both looked at each other and thought ‘That didn’t sound normal’.”
Mr Rayment went to grab a torch, Mrs Rayment walked towards the scene.
“I heard a car door shut and it did a bit of a burnout and drove off down the road,” Mrs Rayment said.
“I thought ‘Hell, what am I going to be looking at ... but there wasn’t anybody.
“The passenger side was caved in because that’s the side of impact.”
The couple then checked on the train driver.
“He was a little bit shaken at first,” Mr Rayment said. “He just said there was nobody in the vehicle (and) it looked like it had been dumped there.
“I would imagine he would have been thinking he’s going to kill someone.”
Mr Rayment described the actions of the ute driver as “bloody stupid”.
He said the area was usually quiet although two cars were drag racing over the track and along Broster Rd on Thursday night. The ute was towed from the scene and the train continued on its journey about two hours after the crash.
Police are continuing inquiries into the incident.
LUCKY ESCAPE: The scene of Friday night’s railway collision.