Hundreds in train near-misses
AN alarming number of motorists and pedestrians have narrowly avoided being hit by trains in 2017-18, with a 33 per cent increase in near-misses recorded.
New figures released by the State Government last week reveal 248 motorists experienced a near miss between their vehicle or themselves and a train as a result of disobeying warning signs, up from 127 incidents the previous financial year.
Transport Minister Mark Bailey, along with Queensland Rail, will launch a new level crossing safety campaign called Heavy Metal to remind Queenslanders of the risk they face by ignoring the warnings.
The campaign comes less than a month after former MP Leanne Donaldson collided with a cane train near Bundaberg. Ms Donaldson is still recovering in hospital. Mr Bailey said while the $100,000 campaign had nothing to do with Ms Donaldson’s accident, it did reiterate the importance of safety. Train driver Peter Cohen, who’s been driving for almost 20 years, said more trains were running than ever before.
“Once you’re in the road of us the train can’t stop in time,” he said. “The only thing that the train can do is go through you.”